Art making is a spiritual activity occupied with time (past, present, and future) and space (pictorial and personal). I see the present as the pivot point on which the past and future revolve, the only solid point of orientation for time. I am constantly trying to learn of my inner self, striving to exist more in the present. My ideas are clearest when I’m closest to this point of orientation. I believe it’s the only way to create an honest work of art.
Many of the subjects and materials in my works are discovered on the street or in other surroundings: wood scraps, dishes, tree roots, broken TVs, VCRs, and other found materials. I assemble those things for which I have strong feelings with enthusiasm and integrity. Some objects seem content to remain on the street while others beg me to bring them to life.
Those objects seem to have a history, which is compelling to me. I often feel like I am translating a statement they are making through different media --- video installation, painting, assemblage sculpture, photograph, and drawing, I amplify their essential quality. The symbols in my works are also based on founded objects, such as columns, trees, dishes, chairs, game boards, etc… I have particular interest in these images because of their relationship to society and the environment. Discarded objects directly comment on the wasteful and disposable nature of society. My recent work deals with the creation of an inventive environment, which provides the viewer with an opportunity to share in a vision of environmental and social down fall and hopefully inspire them to reflect on their own experience and concerns.
As my life grows and changes, so the discarded objects and symbols in my work evolve. This is the nature of time and space. Time moves on, and its effect on my environment is evident.
Seung Lee is a Korean-American contemporary artist. He received BFA in Drawing from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland and MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Seung Lee is an Associate Professor of Art at Long Island University, C.W.Post Campus. He is a director of Fine Arts and Graduate Studies. His paintings, drawings, and large-scale installations have been exhibited extensively in the US, as well as internationally. The exhibition at Kips gallery is his 26th solo and he had over 100 group shows. He has received numerous reviews in the New York Times, Newsday, Art Word magazine, Art Price magazine, Art in Culture magazine. Most recently Seung was awarded as “Best International Korean Artist of 2010” from Korean Art Association.