JeeYoung Lee ‘Maiden Voyage’ NOW Gallery London Art


Jee Young Lee is a South Korean artist known for creating immersive installations that are recreations of her psychological landscape. Inspired by her memories and Korean folklore from her childhood, Lee constructs her environments through various disparate materials, such as LEGO blocks, eggs and paperclips. She is a rising star to watch in the art community, having previously been commissioned to create work for a list of global clients including Hermès, Samsung and Tiger Beer.

For his latest installation, Lee ventures to London to unveil Inauguration trip at NOW Gallery. Composed of a forest of suspended ginkgo leaves, a series of paper airplanes and a paper boat float through the ethereal presentation. The landscape is inspired by his childhood observing the autumn ginkgo leaves on the streets of Korea. Also known as “living fossils,” ginkgo leaves date back over 200 million years and were a way for Lee to convey the passage of time.

“I compare life to a journey,” Lee told HYPEBEAST. “It’s about continuing to sail to different and new destinations while creating new memories and experiences. This work is also about where our lives will go and how they will change. In our lives, sometimes we encounter calm seas and sometimes we encounter storms. Keep moving forward with your life – that’s the story I want to tell through this piece,” she added.

More than just a work of art to observe, Lee invites the public to sit in front of the exhibition and write down the first memory that comes to mind. Visitors will be invited to jot down these thoughts on a piece of origami paper in the shape of a swan, which will be added to the installation as the show progresses.

Inauguration trip will open tomorrow June 23 and will be visible at NOW Gallery until September 25.

Elsewhere, Vic Mensa spoke to HYPEBEAST about his first curatorial exhibition.

NOW Gallery
The gateway pavilions
Peninsula Square
Greenwich Peninsula
London SE10 0SQ


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