On View | Through the Maze: Navigating One Artist's PathEnglish version
艺术+画廊非常欣喜地宣布韩国青年艺术家李相和个展“穿越迷宫：引航艺术家之路”现已开展， 展期至2019年 4月14日。
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1988年生于韩国首尔，李相和于2004年开始在首尔艺术高等学校接触学习艺术。艺术家在2008搬至北京并进入中央美术学院油画系第二工作室学习，师从马晓腾教授。李相和于2018年硕士毕业并获取硕士学位。相和的作品在中国和韩国的各大展览中展出。如北京 Des Art画廊群展“Private Talent”，毕业歌 （方圆美术馆， 北京798），以及 “韩中青年画家11人展”（济州文艺会馆第一展览室，济州，韩国 ）。在艺术+ 上海画廊开幕的《穿越迷宫：引航艺术家之路》 是其艺术生涯的第一个个展。
We are excited to announce that the solo show by an emerging Korean artist “Through the Maze: Navigating One Artist’s Path” is now open and will be on view until Sunday, April 14th 2019.
We send our gratitude and kind regards to everyone who came out to support the artist and gallery team. It always brings us a lot of joy to feel your support and most importantly to see your appreciation and interest in the work we present!
We are looking forward to having the rest of you joining us to continue the celebration of Lee Shang Hwa’s talent and intellect.
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About the Exhibition:
For many artists, the yearning to establish a distinctive style and identity as paintersor sculptors dominates their creative career. Eager to push boundaries of what an artist can do, Lee Shang Hwa, a young Korean painter, scorns the notion of an artist's signature style and attempts to achieve a sense of complete freedom of expression, untouched by desires for recognition and devoid of fears of criticism. His diversified oeuvre thus includes works that incorporate actual household items next to their hyper-real renditions in oil, landscapes with surrealistically alienated scenarios, meticulous color dots arrangements on jigsaw puzzle-shaped canvases, and miniature watercolor drawings with misleading textual denominations - just to name a few.
Lee's first solo exhibition Through the Maze:Navigating One Artist's Path, held at Art+ Shanghai Gallery, sets out to showcase a full spectrum of the artist's creative expressions at an early stage of his career. Unlike retrospectives that are typically contemplative of a single artist's work created in the past, this exhibition aspires to envision the future of one by revealing what, at first sight, may seem a disorienting variety of narratives that the artist juggles at present.
One way to approach Lee Shang Hwa's work is to imagine yourself traversing the maze. Unlike labyrinths, mazes are elaborate networks of pathways. With different entry and exit points, hidden loops, traps, and dead-ends, they are meant to confuse and bewilder. It is for this reason that the exhibition invites you to take a walk 'Through the Maze' to navigate through Lee Shang Hwa's artistic universe that is intricately dissected by expansively branching pathways of thoughts and ideas. Embarking on such a journey exposes us to a variety of viewing experiences, ranging from puzzlement to revelation, unsettling entanglement to tranquilizing clarity.
The motif of a maze is so pervasive throughout Lee's practice, that almost every series of his work either literally or figuratively presents us with a puzzle. His works are intellectual and symbolic games that make you stop and think about the nature of reality and our tacit assumptions concerning it, as well as art and the process of perception in general. The ultimate question that drives Lee's tireless riddle-creation is one of freedom. The clue to resolving Lee's picture-puzzles lies in our ability to fathom its evasive nature.
Each new series of Lee's work reveals a quest towards understanding what freedom truly is, and how to live a life at liberty as a human and artist to fully realize one's potential. Lee's imagery and works' titles correspond with the profundity of his thinking and feeling - Maze, YOLO,What Do You Live for? Attempt, Different Life, Creator's Standard and YourStandard, and many others... His artistic practice acquires a bigger purpose of finding a path to an awareness of self and of man's position in the world.
About the Artist:
Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1988, Lee Shang Hwa began to pursue his artistic career in 2004 in the School of Performing Arts in Seoul, South Korea. The artist relocated to Beijing in 2008 to develop his practice studying Oil Painting in the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, China under Professor Ma Xiaoteng at Studio 2. Lee Shang Hwa has also obtained his Master’s degree from the CAFA in 2018.
Lee Shang Hwa’s works have been exhibited in China and Korea. Notable exhibitions include group shows "Private Talent" (Des Art Gallery, Beijing), "Graduation Song" (Fangyuan Art Museum, 798, Beijing), and "Korea-China Young Artists Group Exhibition" (Jeju Art Exhibition Hall, South Korea). His exhibition “Through the Maze: Navigating One Artist’s Path” at Art+ Shanghai Gallery in March 2019 marks the first solo show in his artistic career.