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Friday, 17 October 2014

Lee Bul // Ikon


Yesterday, I took a visit to the Ikon Gallery in Brindley Place, Birmingham, to seek out some inspiration for my dissertation research. The exhibition was by Lee Bul, a contemporary Korean artist famed for her love of performance art.


Photo 1 Credit: Ikon Gallery // Photos 2&3: Own Images


"Lee Bul conjures up beautiful dreams she knows won’t come true." 

The exhibition had connotations of an impossible yet utopian world. On closer inspection, the chandelier-like sculpture (image 1) is made up of multiple small idealistic cities which are often referred to as 'castles in the sky'.

My personal favourite piece of the exhibition was 'Via Negativa, 2012' (above). 

“It makes the viewer feel uncomfortable and self-conscious... seeing their fragmented selves.” 

This is a large labyrinth made out of two-way mirrors and LED lighting. The centre of the maze is designed to disorientate and is based on The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.


The last piece of the exhibition is this futuristic tunnel. Seemingly endless, I was surprised to find out it is made up of a two-way mirror and clever lighting. 

The artist wanted people to feel a sense of self reflection when looking at her pieces. I felt this was achieved as it seemed to overwhelm any other thoughts I had at the time - I was fully immersed in the surreal experience of the labyrinth.

"I suggest a very simple mechanism for questioning our life, our condition... our self consciousness." 
- Lee Bul


The Lee Bul exhibition runs from 10 September - 9 November 2014 with free admission.

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