JaeHyo
Lee
Year created: 
2013
JaeHyo Lee, 0121-1110=113035 (Lotus), 2013

JaeHyo Lee, 0121-1110=113035 (Lotus)2013, chestnut, 18 1/3 x 3 2/3 x 3 2/3 feet, Courtesy of CYNTHIA-REEVES

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18 1/3 x 3 2/3 x 3 2/3 feet

chestnut
Courtesy of CYNTHIA-REEVES

JaeHyo Lee’s sculptures emphasize the texture of natural and sustainable materials, often drawing attention to the grain of wood or the rust of steel. Lee develops his forms through the accretion of small individual parts. He laboriously transforms natural elements, such as wood and stone, into smooth, geometric forms that express their inherent surface quality. Past examples of this process include the carving of larch tree trunks into a perfect sphere.

Installed on deCordova’s main lawn, 0121-1110=113035 (Lotus) is a 20-foot pillar comprised of chestnut logs that have been burned, hand-carved, and assembled into a massive inverted cone. The sculpture bursts upwards like a tornado; its verticality resonates with the towering nearby trees on deCordova’s grounds. The surface of Lotus is highly polished to emphasize the natural beauty and variation of the bark and wood grain.

Lee titles all of his sculptures using a consistent formula. The first half —0121-1110=1—indicates his name, stylized from Korean characters.

Lee, Jaehyo

The second half of the equation—13035—is the date of the sculpture’s completion (March 5, 2013) written in a Year-Month-Date manner.

Born in 1965 in Hapcheon, Korea, Lee graduated from Hong-ik University in 1992 with a Bachelor's degree in Plastic Arts. He has had solo exhibitions in Korea, Japan, China, the United Kingdom and the United States. Among many other distinctions, Lee was awarded the Grand Prize of Osaka Triennial (1998), Young Artist of the Day by the Ministry of Culture of Korea (1998) and Prize of Excellence in the 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Contest. His works are held in public and private collections across Europe, Asia and North America. He currently lives and works in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.