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Unmonument- Are All Doing Well? (no.1)

Jae Hoon Lee2007

Korean Art Museum Association

Korean Art Museum Association

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  • Title: Unmonument- Are All Doing Well? (no.1)
  • Creator: Lee, Jae Hoon, 이재훈
  • Date Created: 2007
  • Physical Dimensions: w800 x h1100 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Korean traditional paper, quicklime, oriental color, acrylic color. Fresco
  • Collection: Private collection
  • Artist's Note: A monument that cannot be a monument A monument is part of a social system that one’s subjective and internal value and ideal will be involved. It pursues a group’s beliefs and idealizes social roles. A monument figure stands solemnly and rigidly as part of our society. As a monument represents superficial characteristics and symbols, its physical existence contains social values. If the ideal value, meaning it represents and the reality has a gap, the monument is perceived only as a social belief or a sign. The real meaning is forgotten and it would be a monument that cannot be a monument: a un-monument that lost its original meaning and value. Nietzsche quoted, “The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.” In other words, the irrationality is a condition of the rationality, because the relative value of them satisfies mutual existence. Thus, the existence of irrationality is a criterion of a rationality valuation. Like this, Un-monument is a paradoxical symbol to judge a value of a monument’s irrationality. This work is not trying to show the monument’s irrational role or value through the symbolism. Its purpose is to raise a 3 part question: monumentalized socially accepted norms inside our consciousness is the representation of unconditional belief and absolutes, a gap between social rationality (ideal value) and irrationality (reality), and the righteousness of these socially accepted norms being as men’s valuation standards.
  • Artist's Education: Chungang University. Seoul, Korea. B.F.A. & M.F.A., Korean Painting.

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