Jae Hoon Lee

Jae Hoon Lee

South Korea, born in 1973

Jae Hoon Lee utilises digital photomontage to create landscapes. Presenting existing places or situations, the computer-altered images superimpose several photographs of the same site taken at different times. Thus the artist does not envisage photography as necessarily immortalising the present moment; instead it can overlap several temporal levels. In this manner, shorn of its topographic and temporal coordinates, the scenery shown acquires universal value. The mountain of Annapurna in Nepal, for instance, while conserving its principal distinctive features, is transformed into an illusory image that reflects rather the artist’s personal experience. Lee’s choice of large formats for his installations immerses viewers in the landscapes and thus emphasizes the at once familiar and destabilizing character of the pictures.

Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1999 – 2012
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, United States, 1996 – 1998


Jae Hoon Lee, Peak, 2014
100 × 224 cm
© Jae Hoon Lee

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