Jungjin Lee

Switzerland, Zurich GALERIE STEPHAN WITSCHI

Jungjin Lee (KR, 1961) was part of the extraordinary project This Place presented in Prague, Tel Aviv, Florida and New York, for which she created her series Unnamed Road that was exhibited as a solo show at Paris Photo 2017. Among other venues, Jungjin Lee’s award-winning work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the L.A. Country Museum of Art, Los Angeles, and at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Texas.

To create her latest work series Opening Jungjin Lee returned in 2015 and 2016 to some of her favourite places in Arizona, New Mexico and Canada where she revisited the very personal issue of being present in the here and now. In this context Opening connotes an opening of the heart, a sense of the deep and quiet interaction between the beholder and the contemplated landscape and the physical presence of earth, stone, tree and sky. The artist chooses a very unusual format for her works away from the landscape format that is traditionally used to give an impression of latitude. For the bigger part of her work she uses one narrow upright format, which permits a limited and a fortiori concentrated view. Instead of reproducing latitude the works create it in our imagination.