Above the Clouds

This gallery includes different representations of mountains in both North Korea and South Korea by artist Seahyun Lee which he employs the deep symbolic color of red. These paintings are deeply personal works of Lee’s own sense of the past and its losses. Most of his painting are about every changing scenery and how he must paint it before it disappears. All of Seahyun Lee's images incorporate a good deal of negative and positive space.

Between Red 003 (2006) is a beautiful mountain range where a river, depicted by the bright, white jagged line, flows down from the top of the mountains into a valley. The ‘river’ splits off one way while another one joins further down along the river. You can see that in Between Red 003 (2006) have little negative space. The negative space is the white river while all the positive space is red.
Between Reed 017 (2007) is a very detailed painting of tall, jagged mountains that stretches reach high into the skies. What is really amazing about this image is that not only is there a great amount of detail, but also the negative space below the mountain makes appear to be an Island. This images still has a good amount of positive space, but it also has a larger amount of negative space as well.
Between Reed 017 (2007) is a very detailed painting of tall, jagged mountains that stretches reach high into the skies. What is really amazing about this image is that not only is there a great amount of detail, but also the negative space below the mountain makes appear to be an Island. This images still has a good amount of positive space, but it also has a larger amount of negative space as well.
Between Red 032 (2007) is another mountain range that stretch high into the air, with jagged sides everywhere you look. You can see that in the center of the image, leading to a large negative space, is a negative, jagged line that appears to represent a river flowing from the top of the mountains. There is also a bit of trees scattered along the river bank.
Between Red 049 is a very interesting piece. Each section of the image seems to appear as a different landscape separated by a body of water, depicted as negative space, but as each of these different landscapes come to the right of the page, it seems to come together as a large mountain range.
Between Red 052 (2008), another jagged, mountain range juts high into the sky, surrounded by a white body of water which is dotted by smaller landscapes. The mountain on this image almost looks like it is folding in on the small bit of land at the base, where some lighter red is shown.
Between Red 068 (2008) shows a fast landscape behind it with a mountain extending into the air to the far left, with a smaller mountain closer to the front right side. There is a few bodies of land that leads up to the mainland, the negative space once again acting like a body of water to the viewer’s eye.
Between Red 072 (2008) shows a very large and very detailed landscape by using lighter and darker shades of red. You can see there are few hill tops, more clustering to the back, and the negative space making this image seem like it is also an island surrounded by a much larger body of water that flows inward toward the center of the island.
Between Red 089 (2009) is a gorgeous picture that not only depicts mountains, but it also has images of towns, empty streets, and single buildings, thorough out the image, while illuminated by streetlamps. In the right hand corner you have, what appears to be, some type of tree that produces lovely flowers with little to no negative space in the image.
Between Red 109 (2010) reminds me of a swamp area, the way the negative space is filling up some spaced between the land masses. You can see some street lamps illuminating in this image, and if you look closer, it looks like there might even by a light tower on the rocky Cliffside by the ‘negative’ water.
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