A review of the exhibition rising fog becomes cloud by Tae Il Lee at BLUEorange Gallery:
We live in a period of rapid globalization, the speed of which only increases exponentially as time goes on. This, in and of itself, is not a bad thing, but couple it with the speed at which we as humans develop and act upon whims, and you have a world of people acting and reacting with an immediacy unparalleled in the existence of our species. In a time such as this, it is becoming increasingly important that we look to the idealized state of the enlightened being for guidance and comfort.
In his artistic practice, Tae Lee does just that. Currently on display at BLUEOrange Gallery, Lee’s rising fog becomes cloud, guest curated by Ken General, turns an up-and-coming art gallery into a meditative space in which visitors can explore and ruminate on ideas related to enlightenment and the individual journey that one must take to attain it. With a mix of drawings and paintings, Lee’s series expands on the Jungian concept of the anima — one’s feminine inner personality — in an attempt to bring physical form and reflection to this aspect of the unconscious mind. Building on this idea, Lee moves from the anima as an idea to the anima as a sort of representative character.