PLATFORM 26: Myoung Ho Lee, Tree...#2

Installation view of Myoung Ho Lee, Tree…#2, 2011/2020, digital print on billboa
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On View Jul 08, 2020 - Jun 01, 2021
Myoung Ho
Exhibition Location: Sculpture Park
For PLATFORM 26, South Korean photographer Myoung Ho Lee adapts one of his singular Tree photographs for a large-scale billboard set in deCordova’s verdant Sculpture Park. Traveling across South Korea and Mongolia, Lee searches for stunning, solitary trees to photograph. Once he finds the perfect subject, a production crew hoists a blank canvas behind the tree as Lee captures it with his large format camera. He later digitally erases the cranes, ropes, and assistants, leaving only traces of their existence in the final composition. Tree…#2 distills the natural beauty of Lee’s travels, while also revealing the performative nature of photography that is often concealed.
PLATFORM is a series of one-person commissioned projects by early-and mid-career artists from New England, national, and international art communities that engage with deCordova’s unique landscape. The PLATFORM series lets artists expand their practice and visitors experience new approaches to contemporary sculpture. 

Lee was born 1975 in Daejon, South Korea. He earned his BFA in 2003, MFA in 2006, and PhD in 2008 from Joong-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea. His photography has been displayed in exhibitions globally, including at the Zaha Art Museum in Seoul, South Korea; Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY; and the Venice Biennale. His work is held in many collections such as the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Hermes Collection, Paris, France; and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, Gyeonggi, South Korea. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Photography/Film at Kyung-Il University, Gyeongsan, South Korea.