Issu du feu, 2018

Hong Kong 2018
Johyun Gallery
Installation
Charcoal mass and Elastic string
240.0 x 140.0 x 140.0 (cm)
94.5 x 55.1 x 55.1 (inch)
The sculpture from was inspired by a megalith. Lee saw something completely abstract in an incredible massive stone that no signal or symbol could reproduce. And he expressed it as a piece of charcoal. The charcoals, strung together, are also perceived as chunks that lack usefulness and are completely transformed into the abstract. To make charcoal, you put a log in an old yellow clay kiln, bake it for 15 days, and cool it down for another 15 days. The surface of the charcoal that has gone through a month in the kiln has a rough wooden texture. Like ceramics that have been gently baking for a long time, the charcoals maintain the texture and shape of the wood. The black charcoal that remains after everything else is burned away is permeated with an underlying force that might suck us all in.