Tree by Myoung Ho Lee


photographs by  Myoung Ho Lee

Myoung Ho Lee, a young artist from South Korea, has produced an elaborate series of photographs that pose some unusual questions about representation, reality, art, environment and seeing.
Simple in concept, complex in execution, he makes us look at a tree in its natural surroundings, but separates the tree artificially from nature by presenting it on an immense white ground, as one would see a painting or photograph on a billboard.

The work demands thoughtful analysis.
Sang Yong Shim (Art Critic, and Professor at Dongduk Women’s University), has written a long intellectual essay about this work. Translation of these dense ideas is difficult. So, what follows is a shortened and very simplified version of the long essay:

Physical Isolation and its Visual Confirmation
Myoung Ho Lee separates subjects from their original circumstances to derange the difference between subject and image. His work reveals nature by twists and turns, a little fabrication and optical illusion.
Myoung Ho Lee enacts his works as ‘a series of discourse on deconstruction on the photography-act’.
His works are largely composed by following four procedures:
1. Selection of The Subject
2. Separation of The Subject (meta-subject)
3. Photographing
4. Confirmation of The Separation
First of all, Look at the procedure (2), separating the subject from its environmental condition artificially. By setting a big white fabric vertically for playing a square surrounding role behind the chosen subject (with significant physical force), he makes the subject appear neutral from its original context. The object becomes ‘separated object’, ‘ambiguous subject’ and ‘meta-subject’.
The challenge of ‘Photography-Act’ is deep. Because ‘Photography-Act’ is not a real subject but a decontextualized and isolated variant from the subject, and is a real subject and nonsubject simultaneously.  (lens culture review).


  • January 19, 2010


    refrensi ku tenan ki..trims mas jim!

  • January 19, 2010


    refrensiku tenan ki mas jim!

  • January 24, 2010


    The photograp tell me about the way of seeing and a kind behind it. Between reality and unreality, now it becomes two kind that is very diffilcut to separate. For me as audience, my position give me a free card to bulid my own story about what I see, what representation in front of me include this photograph. The photograph, the tree, the white ground, the light, the tones colour are a part of ingredients that is wrap a very new fresh meaning. So delicious…..


  • January 25, 2010


    stunning!… and clever

  • January 31, 2010


    exquisitely beautiful and thought provoking!

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