Close Look: Lee Bul at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah

Detail from Lee Bul’s City of the Sun at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah. Image courtesy of SCAD.
Installation view of Lee Bul’s City of the Sun at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah. Image courtesy of SCAD.
[City of the Sun] presents Bul’s explorations of the modernization of the 20th century, which are directly tied to her childhood experiences living through a shift in South Korean society. She grew up in a leftist dissident household in a militarized South Korean town in the 1960s during a period of restriction, surveillance and repression. In this environment, Bul’s family was subject to police searches of their home… Her early radical artwork employed her own body in public performances that challenged societal attitudes toward women. From these early pieces, Bul’s more recent work looks to architecture and human attempts at perfection. The artist draws inspiration from utopian principles and futuristic vision of architects like Bruno Taut. Through her meticulously constructed sculptures and paintings, she exposes society’s failed efforts at achieving the ideal.

— From the accompanying text

Lee Bul, Untitled sculpture (M5), 2014; mirrored tiles, acrylic paint on polyurethane sheets, and stainless steel armature, 62 by 110 by 15 3/4 inches
Detail from Lee Bul’s City of the Sun at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah. Image courtesy of SCAD.
Installation view of Lee Bul’s City of the Sun at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah. Image courtesy of Lehman Maupin, New York.
Installation view of Lee Bul’s City of the Sun at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah. Image courtesy of SCAD, Savannah.
Installation view of Lee Bul’s City of the Sun at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah. Image courtesy of SCAD, Savannah.
Detail from Lee Bul’s City of the Sun at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah. Image courtesy of SCAD.
Installation view of Lee Bul’s City of the Sun at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah. Image courtesy of Lehman Maupin, New York.
Installation view of Lee Bul’s City of the Sun at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah. Image courtesy of Lehman Maupin, New York.

Lee Bul: City of the Sun is on view at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah through July 28.

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