Opening - Lee Lee Nam @ Pao Galleries in Hong Kong


It's hard to render justice to Lee Lee Nam's work with photos. His computer animations recompose and reinterpret previous, often familiar masterpieces, bringing them to life. Swans and butterflies from traditional ink paintings take flight, stories pass through time and space, an enigmatic Mona Lisa is surrounded by a background of war, a series of Van Gogh self-portraits merge into one, seasons changed into a Monet painting, a contemporary city skyline appears in a 19th century landscape. Poetic and magical, and one of the few video works that actually sustain my attention. The Korean artist has a new show opening at Pao Galleries in Hong Kong on Feb 19.

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