Media Art of Lee Lee-Nam
(Media Theorist / Professor at City University of New York)
I hope that my analysis explains that the artworks of Lee Lee-Nam create dialogs between many different historical and contemporary media technologies, and their cultural histories. And this is why he is indeed a media artist – as opposed to, for example, a “painter” who is only having a dialog with the history of painting, or a sculptor who only addresses history of sculpture. Western oil painting and Asian ink painting, sculpture, cinema and TV, metal, water, light, electricity – these are just some of the media one encounters in Lee’s art. So when you are enjoying his works, don’t try to reduce them to any binary opposition, but instead try consider all the different worlds they bring together.
Lee Lee-Nam. Selection and Use.
(Chief Curator ZKM, Media Museum)
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The living picture (les peintures vivantes)
Ryu Byoung Hak (Art critic)
그의 작품은 여타의 미디어 아티스트 작품과 달리 대중으로부터 사랑을 받고 있다. 와이? 왜 그의 미디어 아트가 대중으로부터 주목을 받는 것일까? 왜냐하면 그는 대중의 코드와 동양/서양의 코드를 읽어내는 ‘눈’을 지니고 있기 때문이다. 여기서 말하는 대중의 코드와 동양/서양의 코드란 대중이 잘 알고 있다고 생각되는 동양/서양의 명화를 차용한다는 것에 국한되기보다 그 동양/서양의 명화에 대한 현실인식을 관통한 탁월한 분석력을 뜻한다.