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Unmonument- Is This Real? (no.1)

Jae Hoon Lee2008

Korean Art Museum Association

Korean Art Museum Association
Seoul, South Korea

By mixing an idealistic meaning of university or so-called “ivory tower” and realistic meaning that the university is another title for career and social status, the artist tries to replace the absolute social value to vanity. He confronts audiences with the world of empty formalities. The world of empty formalities prevents true communication and in there an individual became one of the society’s titles and a symbol of the certain group. He wishes to communicate with the true faces beyond the social system.

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  • Title: Unmonument- Is This Real? (no.1)
  • Creator: Lee, Jae Hoon, 이재훈
  • Date Created: 2008
  • Physical Dimensions: w2200 x h3600 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Korean traditional paper, quicklime, oriental color, acrylic color. Fresco
  • 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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