Tea Time & Coffee Break
Culturetank T5, Seoul, KR
Parallel Worlds
Seongkok Art Museum, Seoul, KR
Road Show:2019 from Shanghai to Chongqing
Korean Cultural Center Shanghai, CN
Tracing Times
Gallery Simon, Seoul, KR
Seongnam Art Center Cube Art Museum, KR
Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, KR
Your Hand, My Heart
Gallery Simon, Seoul, KR
Vapours Like Fire Light
Gallery Purple Studio, Namyangju si, KR
Kansong Art Museum, DDP, Seoul, KR
The Illusion of Time
Ilwoo Space, Seoul, KR
31 Experiments on Light: Intimate Rapture
Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul, KR
International Contemporary Art Project Ulsan 2015
Culture Street, Ulsan, KR
Shadow Casters
Gallery Simon, Seoul, KR
Liquid Times
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KR
The Roads of Forking Paths
SeMA Nanji Exhibiiton hall, Seoul, KR
Gallery Simon, Seoul, KR
MAM Project 017: Lee Changwon
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, JP
Festival O! Gwangju Media Art 2012
5.18 Democracy Square, Gwangju, KR
Other Selves
Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, KR
Your Invisible Shadow
Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, KR
Bad Romanticism
Arko Art Center, Seoul, KR
Parallel World
Kim Chong Yung Museum, Seoul, KR
Pleasure Ground
Lokaal 01, Breda, NL
Shared. Divided. United.
NGBK, Berlin, Germany
Emerging Korean Artists in the World 2009
Hangarm Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
City Net_Asia 2009
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
AANDO Fine Art, Berlin, Germany
Art Through Nature
Space*C Coreana Museum, Seoul, Korea
Your Mind's Eye-Digital Spectrum
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Shadow of Heroes
Gallery Fiebach & Minninger, Cologne, Germany


Soft Power: Asian Attitude
Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art
ASIA-EUROPE mediations 'Asian attitude' 2007
Muzeum Narodowe, Poznan, Poland
'Passersby' Window Gallery, Seoul, Korea
'Reflection' doART Gallery, Seoul, Korea
'Reflexion' Gallery Januar, Bochum, Germany
/ March 02 - April 5, 2007
'New Talents', Art Cologne 2007


Changwon Lee recent works Gallery Kusseneers, Antwerp, Belgium

Family, 2009
Wall installation with tea leaves, 252x400cm

family tea installation

Family, 2009
close up


left: reflected self-images, right: man with his daughter 2009


Masters of Donbaeklim, 2009
Mixed media on mirror, each 100x80cm


Masters of Donbaeklim, 2009
Mixed media on mirror, each 100x80cm


People of the trial, 2009
Mixed media on glass with light installation


People of the trial, 2009
Mixed media on glass with light installation


...For his solo show at Aando Fine Art, ChangWon Lee investigates how images, especially portraits, become reinterpreted in the socio-political context by being distributed. His analysis of the diffusion, sometimes even inversion, of pictures and their meaning articulates itself through his media and techniques. His art confidently interfaces sculpture, photography, and painting. Activated through the movement of the spectator, light and reflection create optical transition effects, so that perception is constantly shifting between clarity and fuzziness, positive and negative, monumental ensembles and tiny particles.

Frequently, Lee uses natural ingredients commonly used in our daily lives, such as ground coffee, tea leaves, flower seeds, and by distributing them on thin horizontal slats of boards on the wall, structures a large image that appears like a tactile painting from distance. Highly poetic in appearance, these grain installations simultaneously have political issues hidden underneath. In his installation works, Lee uses mediums that are ephemeral, often possessing a scent that will disappear slowly over time. This is how we forget certain incidents that have left traces in our memories.

One of ChangWon Lee's recent works refers to the 'East Berlin Scandal' in 1967, a major political scandal that occurred under the dictatorship of the South Korean president and seriously endangered the relationship between Korea and Germany: Accused of being North Korean spies, Korean people living in Europe, especially in Berlin, were kidnapped and imprisoned by the Korean government, among them young artists and composers such as Lee Eung Ro and Yoon Yi Sang. By identifying the names and faces of the victimized individuals and presenting the portraits circulated by the media at the time, Lee examines how faces become read and classified. Using mirror formats that make images change with the position of viewpoint, Lee reflects that how you conceive certain images depends on where your stand. Lee also features his own portrait painted on a mirror and reflected on different surfaces in a documented photography format from his performance. These series reflect the artist's consistent investigation on how the image, furthermore portraits, furthermore that of even the 'Self' becomes understood based on different projections and contexts.
Similarly, Chang Won Lee explores the politics of images ­ especially those distributed via the Internet ­ in the context of recent issues of terrorism. Featuring the image of an innocent man unjustly classified and broadcast as a terrorist throughout the media, Lee questions the context and trustworthiness of pictures and denounces their abuse as tools of power.

<text from the press release @AANDO Fine Art>

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