Republic Gallery

KHAN LEE

흉내내기
“hyung-nae-ne-gi”

September 15 to October 22

Opening reception: September 15, 6-8PM

Korean-born Canadian artist Khan Lee presents a series of sculptures in mixed media, questioning ideas of reproduction, mimicry, and forgery. Though Lee struggles to directly translate the Korean term 흉내내기 (hyung-nae-ne-gi), he attempts to communicate potential within the process of reproduction. This word suggests imitation and reproduction, far from being rote or passé, are at the crux of creative representation.

Without 흉내내기, learning becomes unclear and innovation is difficult. Lee looks to familiarity as a productive starting point; the works in 흉내내기 (hyung-nae-ne-gi) may vaguely resemble other objects seen in contemporary art or everyday life. By simulating familiar structures and interfaces, or configuring found items into new arrangements, Lee’s uncanny sculptures complicate notions of authenticity, and question our perception of objects and our surroundings.

Khan Lee was born in Seoul, Korea. He studied architecture at Hong-Ik University, before immigrating to Canada to study fine art at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Through sculptural and media practices, his work attempts to exhibit results of experimentation with form and process in order to express inherent relationships between material and immaterial content. He is a founding member of Vancouver-based artist collective Intermission and is presently a member of the Instant Coffee artist collective. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Lee lives and works in Vancouver.

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