ByungHo Lee instills breath and movement into his sculptural work using a soft material, silicone, and an air compressor to compress or inject air quickly. Lee embodies physical/external or mental/internal changes and alterations that he explores constantly using silicone, air and time. However, the external change is not limited to only appearance but also embraces stories about the inner side, mind, society and the times that made this alteration.
His breathing and moving sculpture represents transformation from a child’s face to a skull, from young people’s faces to the elderly faces with deep wrinkles and from the firm skin to the lifeless form exposing the skeleton underneath, which is his own representation of the timeless theme of art – life and death
ByungHo Lee was born in Seoul in 1976. He obtained both B.A.(2004) and M.A.(2010) degrees in sculpture at Hongik University. Since his first solo exhibition Blow-Up in 2007, Lee also has had 6 solo exhibitions, BLOW-UP(gallery zandari, Seoul) in 2009, Shade Tree(Gallery Hyundai_16 bungee, Seoul) in 2011, Anthropometry(SPACE SO, Seoul) in 2017 and so on, as well as a number of group exhibitions including Aging World – Will you still love me tomorrow?(2019, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul), Repetition and Difference: About Time(2019, Busan Museum of Art, Busan), Turn on(2014, Gallery Kiche, Seoul), GONG for :: IMAGO(2014, Indie Art-hall GONG, Seoul), Project Zero(2013, Gyeong-gi Creation Center, Ansan), What’s on_Resident Artist’ Showcase(2013, Gyeong-gi Creation Center, Ansan), generation(2013, Hong-ik Museum of Art, Seoul), Thought on Body(2012, SOMA Museum of Art, Seoul), Mapping the Gray(2012, gallery zandari, Seoul), Blow-up(2011, NC soft Creative Fountain, Seoul), Busan Biennale 2010_Living in Evolution(2010, Busan Museum of Art, Busan), Medicine And Art: Imaging a Future for Life and Love(2009, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan), City net Asia 2009(2009, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul), Between The Borders(2009, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju), Gulliver goes to the Museum(2008, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul), One Fine Spring Day(2008, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju), Reversion(2008, Gallery IHN, Seoul), The 29th JoongAng Fine Arts Prize(2007, Hangaram Museum of Art, Seoul), Reconstruction of Master Piece(2007, Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul). In addition, he participated in residency programs: Gyeong-gi Creation Center(2013) and Seoul Museum of Art Nanji Residency(2010-2011) and he was awarded The 29th Joong Ang Fine Arts Prize in 2007. Seoul Museum of Art(Seoul), Busan Museum of Art(Busan) has his work of art.