Jung Lee, The End, 2010

Korean artist Jung Lee is showing her first exhibition in Dubai at Green Art Gallery. Lee has two series—Day and Night and Aporia, which means “coming to a dead end” in Greek.

Neon Type Installations in Nature by Jung Lee in main art  Category

Jung Lee, I Want To Be Your Love, 2012

Neon Type Installations in Nature by Jung Lee in main art  Category

Jung Lee, I Still Remember #2, 2010

The Aporia series was inspired by Roland Barthes’s A Lover’s Discoursem which tells the story of the ineptitudes of people in love. According to Barthes, when one falls in love the beloved becomes a mystery and one will ceaselessly try to figure out the reasons for their mysterious feelings. The desire to express one’s love produces lies and conflicts leading to a dead end. For Lee, those empty phrases reveal the solitude and sorrow of modern people today.

In the works entitled Day and Night, Lee focused on ‘God’ and ‘Love’ as the two main words reflecting her interpretation of Dante’s Divine Comedy where he highlighted the belief that true faith and love would lead you to heaven. Lee produces a cluster of those “divine” words and places them floating over the sea as reproductions or in a heap, demonstrating one’s desire to salvation. Thus Lee’s constructed photographs evoke amorous intensity with a coolness that enables the viewers to find their own way into this world, to have their memories stirred, to consider what it means to be alive in time.

Neon Type Installations in Nature by Jung Lee in main art  Category

Jung Lee, I Dream of You, 2012

Neon Type Installations in Nature by Jung Lee in main art  Category

Jung Lee, How Could You Do This To Me, 2011

Neon Type Installations in Nature by Jung Lee in main art  Category

Jung Lee, You, You, You…, 2010

Neon Type Installations in Nature by Jung Lee in main art  Category

Jung Lee, Once In A Lifetime, 2011

Neon Type Installations in Nature by Jung Lee in main art  Category

Jung Lee, Why #2, 2010

Neon Type Installations in Nature by Jung Lee in main art  Category

Jung Lee, Day and Night #2, 2012

Neon Type Installations in Nature by Jung Lee in main art  Category

Jung Lee, Day and Night #3, 2012

What: Aporia and Day and Night Series by Jung Lee
When: Through October 23, 2013
Where: Green Art Gallery, Al Quoz Industrial Area 1 – Dubai United Arab Emirates