李正樂 Lee Jeonglok  韓國(光州) b.1971

 

1998年取得韓國弘益大學攝影碩士,並於2002年紐約羅徹斯特理工學院攝影碩士。獲2006新世界藝術大獎。曾聯展於光州美術館、國立台灣美術館、今日美術館。作品獲果川當代美術館藝術銀行、光州美術館、大林美術館、慶州Art Sonje美術館、一民美術館、釜山威斯汀朝鮮飯店典藏。

『這裡有一處隱藏的世界

    那是靈魂的所在

    當死亡的晨霧降臨時

    旅程就被安排好了

    在永恆的時光裡

    一盞指路明燈舞動著

    一盞從意識深處消失的燈光

    卻在無私的狀態中被看見』

 

—麥可‧紐頓(Michael Newton)

Lee Jeonglok is a Korean artist who uses photography to create and record his world. He makes mysterious and evocative images of strange and magical events.

These happen in carefully chosen, personally significant landscapes, realised by a thorough mastery of photographic technique. The production of these pieces is a complex and painstaking process. These images are not made digitally, but by an ‘in camera’ technique. This means using long and multiple exposures, manipulating artificial light and deploying various props on site and in real time. The physicality and engagement of this process is important to the artist. He states that this effort allows him to reveal another, parallel world. ‘Nabi’, the butterfly, is a valued image and symbol. It is an interlocutor to the spiritual world, somewhere that is significant for this artist to locate and reveal in his work. This image, created out of light, multiplies into clusters and bunches, forming clouds that glow and sparkle in the landscape. Existing only for an instant, the length of a photoflash, these ‘Nabi’ express something other, a world conjured out of the artist’s perception and now revealed to us. Lee Jeonglok references the following text as describing the essential sense of these haunting photographic pieces.

‘There is a hidden world.

Where souls live.

When fog of death falls,

The journey is charted.

On the timeless journey

A guiding light dances.

A light that has disappeared from conscious memory

But is seen in the selfless state.’

‘Journey of Souls’ ~Michael Newton

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