Lee Jeonglok - Photographs London Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Lee Jeonglok, Tree of Life - Decade, Seoul: Gallery Now, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Lee Jeonglok’s unique process for creating this evocative photograph of a bioluminescent tree is analogue based and involves long exposure and the use of pink-coloured artificial lights, chosen to complement the pinks in the sky and ocean. The artist first installed a 4 x 5 inch large-format camera on Haevichi Beach on Jeju Island and submerged the tree in the Pacific Ocean. Once the scene was dark, he removed the fabric covering the camera with the aperture open, and from the tree, repeatedly popped a strobe up to 300 times towards the camera, concluding the process by shining a strong searchlight at the tree. In his Tree of Life series, Lee contemplates the visible and the invisible, aiming ‘to metaphorically describe the vitality of a tree with light.’ Tree of Life works reside in the following museums in Korea: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwangju Museum of Art, Daelim Museum and Ilmin Museum of Art.



Tree of Life 5-4-8

Chromogenic print, flush-mounted.
Image: 152 x 120 cm (59 7/8 x 47 1/4 in.)
Frame: 157 x 125 cm (61 3/4 x 49 1/4 in.)

Signed, titled, dated and numbered AP1 in ink on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

This work is AP1 from the sold out edition of 7 + 2 APs. This image is sold out in all sizes and editions.

Please note that the artist’s name appears in Korean order with the surname before the forename.

£7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for £8,750

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London Auction 16 May 2019