June 27 - July 26, 2008

Bellas Artes has represented the work of Jingjun Lee since 2000. This summer the gallery will present the third exhibition of the Korean photographer’s work. In 1984 Lee received her BFA in ceramics at Hong-IK University in Seoul. The artist moved to New York City in 1988 and lived there until 1996. During this time she received a master’s degree in photography from New York University and worked as an assistant for photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank.

Lee’s work is unique in the world of photography. She does not mechanically reproduce multiples, but creates each work by hand. She brushes liquid emulsion onto large sheets of handmade rice and mulberry papers. Her brushstrokes sweep across the soft texture of the paper and capture the photographic image, revealing a painter’s sensibility in a gestural dance. Calligraphy, an art form the artist mastered as a young child, resonates through her oeuvre.

The Bellas Artes exhibition will feature photographs from Lee’s Wind Series. Lee writes, “The images in the Wind Series represent my introspective states and thoughts. Out in the field, in the forest, or in the village, I am ready to press the shutter release when the scenery stirs my emotions and imagination. This moment of ‘absolute echo’ within myself travels through infinite time and space. That is, ‘Wind’ becomes my energy of free spirit. Vanishment and transformation. Sadness - yet another change.” She continues, “Wind is invisible and it contains more of inner thoughts than an actual fact or a definition. I don’t try to make my definite direction of wind in my works. That is why I like the title Wind. They are just landscape pictures...”

Lee’s words are reminiscent of a Buddhist belief that the function of the mind depends on a subtle wind. This “vehicle of the mind” flows in all channels of the body, transporting the blood and consciousness for the duration of one’s life. Wind is one of the essential energies that sustains life. We feel this energy in these photographs.

The series was made in a wide panoramic format on gelatin silver coated Korean Hanji paper. The absorbent surface texture of the paper combined with dreamlike images of the natural world and of man’s habitation within it creates the illusion of movement - an imperceptible blur of the motion of internal landscapes transported by a breath both human and cosmic. In the catalogue, Contemporary Korean Photographers: A New Generation, Bohnchang Koo writes that Lee “renders her themes like silent objects, but their silence is like an infinite whispering.” Perhaps he is sensing the subtle wind coursing through her poetic and painterly work.

Lee’s photographs have been exhibited extensively in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Europe, and Korea. In the US, her work is included in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and New Mexico Museum of Art.

On Monday, June 30, three days after the exhibition opens, Lee will be giving a lecture on her work at the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI), 1600 St. Michael’s Drive. The lecture will be followed by an exhibition in the SFAI gallery of the artist’s work, August 3 - 23.


May 29 - July 3, 2004

Bellas Artes is pleased to announce its second exhibition for the Korean photographer, Jungjin Lee. Born in Korea in 1961, Lee mastered calligraphy as a child and studied ceramics at Hong - Ik University in Seoul. She lived in New York City from 1988 - 1996 where she absorbed the contemporary art scene and received a master's degree in photography from New York University. During her years as a graduate student, she worked as an assistant for photographer/filmmaker Robert Frank.

Lee's black and white photography has a painterly quality since her prints are not mechanically reproduced multiples, but instead bear the mark of the hand. The artist brushes liquid emulsion onto the surface of massive sheets of handmade rice paper. The texture of the paper and the gestural marks of the brush stroke create a unique, painterly effect.

Lee's exhibition at Bellas Artes will feature her latest series, THINGS. The things are various objects, but the objects only serve as symbolic abstractions to express her feelings. The things float on the white rice paper in order to make the objects separate from reality.

The following critical remarks were published after Lee's last exhibition at Bellas Artes:

Photography has always looked to other arts for ways to bend and stretch its potential. Jungjin Lee refreshes camera work by alluding to ancient disciplines of clay and ink. I have rarely seen pictures that contradict contemporary photographic practice as forcibly as these images do. Made now, they seem always to have existed. Arriving from deep time, they feel immediate. Like a simple Korean tea bowl, their rough insouciance invites touch.
— Eugenia Parry, THE Magazine, June 2002

Since her last exhibition at Bellas Artes two years ago, Jungjin Lee has participated in three important museum exhibitions: "Idea Photographic: After Modernism" at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, "Crossings 2003: Korea/Hawaii" at The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu and "Leaning Forward, Looking Back: Eight Contemporary Artists from Korea" at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

Lee's work has been exhibited extensively in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, and Korea. In the United States, her work has been collected by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe.

Born 1961, Taegu, Korea

1991 MA, New York University, Major in Photography, New York
1984 BFA, Hong-lk University, Major in Ceramics, Seoul, Korea

Solo Exhibitions:
2008 Bellas Artes Gallery,"Wind Series", Santa Fe NM
2007 Andrew Bae Gallery, "Wind, Road and Buddha", Chicago
2005 Andrew Bae Gallery, "Beyond Photography", Chicago
2005 Pyo Gallery, "THING", Seoul
2004 Bellas Artes Gallery, "THINGS", Santa Fe
2003 Blue Sky Gallery,"On Road/Ocean", Portland, Oregon
2002 The Museum of Photography,Seoul, "Buddha", Seoul
2002 Sepia International gallery,"Desert", New York
2002 Bellas Artes, " Beyond Photography ", Santa Fe
2001 Sepia International Inc., New York
2000 Kumho Museum of Fine Art, Seoul
1999 PaceWildensteinMacGill Gallery – Pagodas, Los Angeles
1997 PaceWildensteinMacGill Gallery, Los Angeles
1997 Art Space Seoul Gallery – Wasteland, Seoul
1996 Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery –      Dissolving Landscapes, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
1995 PaceMacGill Gallery – Self Portrait, New York
1995 Fuel Gallery – American Scenes, Seattle, Washington
1994 Sonia Zannettacci Galerie, Geneva, Switzerland
1993 Photo¹s Gallery, San Francisco, California
1992 Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1991 Past Rays Gallery – Looking, Yokohama, Japan
1990 Gensler Architects, San Francisco, California
1989 Camera Club of New York – A Lonely Cabin in a Far Away Island, New York
1988 Paik-Song Gallery – A Lonely Cabin in a Far Away Island, Seoul
1984 French Cultural Center Europe, Seoul

Group Exhibitions:
2007 Seoul Museum of Art, "Korean Contemporary Art", Seoul
2007 Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon,"From the Fire", Oregon
2007 Miki Wick Kim Contemporary Art, Zurich, Switzerland
2006 Stanlee and Rubin Center for Visual Art, University of Texas, 'Contemporary Photographs of the Desert', El Paso
2005 Koln Artfair (Pyo Gallery:Seoul), Koln
2005 San Francisco Art Fair (Pyo Gallery: Seoul), San Francisco
2004 Noviy Manezh, "Korean Landscape- The spritual world within the Scenery"
      Organized by Seoul Museum of Art, Moscow
2004 Shanghai Art Fair (Pyo Gallery:Seoul), Shanghai
      Gana Art Center, "Art in Photography", Seoul
      FotoFest 2004, "Water", Houston
2003 The Contemporary Museum, "Crossing 2003: Korea/Hawai'i", Hawai'i
      Asian Art Museum,"Leaning Forward, Looking Back", San Francisco
2002 Museum of New Mexico,"IDEA Photographic after Modernism", Santa Fe
     La Gallerie Photo "Korean Contemporary Photography" Montpellier, France
2001 Hong Kong Art Center – Current in Korean Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
2001 Tai Pei Fine Art Museum – Current in Korean Contemporary Art, Tai Pei
2000 Korean Culture Center – Figures and Paysages, Paris
2000 Odense Foto Triennale – Slowness, Odense, Denmark
2000 Rena Brenstein Gallery – Paper Cuts, San Francisco
2000 Arles Photography Festival – Exchange and Interchange, Arles, France
2000 Hanlim Museum – The Sun Rises in the East, Taejon
2000 FotoFest International Korean Photography, Houston, Texas
2000 National Museum of Contemporary Art New Collection, Kwachon
1999 FNAC Collections, Paris
1998 National Museum of Contemporary Art – The Visual Exhibition of Photographic Image, Seoul
1998 Seoul Art Center History of Korean Photography, Seoul
1998 The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm – Asiatiska Fotografer, Sweden
1998 Hanlim Museum – Body & Photography, Taejon
1997 Gallery Artbeam – Monochrome, Seoul
1996 Walkerhill Art Center, Seoul
1996 Whitney Museum of American Art – Perpetual Mirage: Photographic Narratives of the Desert West, New York
1995 Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art – Photography, Today, Kyongiu
1995 The Center for Photography at Woodstock – Passing Moments, Memory Trace & Light Images, Woodstock, New York
1994 L.A. County Museum – New Work from the Collections, Los Angeles
1994 Seoul Art Center – 1945-1990, Historical Prospect, Seoul
1993 Korean Cultural Center – Bridging the Differences, Los Angeles
1993 Zabriskie Gallery, New York
1992 Turner Krull Gallery, Los Angeles
1992 Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
1986 Battangol Gallery, Seoul
1986 Dongsung-dong Art Museum, Seoul
1985 Paris Museum of Modern Art, Paris

Selected Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
L.A. Country Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Texas
New Orleans Museum of Art, new Orleans
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Akron Art Museum, Ohio
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
FNAC, Paris, France
Sprint Corporation, Kansas
FotoFest, Houston
Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyongju, Korea
National Museum of Contemporary art, Kwachon, Korea
Museum of Photography, Seoul, Seoul
Hanlim Museum, Taejon, Korea
Kumho Museum of Fine Art, Seoul
Chosun Hotel, Seoul
Korea Development Bank, Seoul
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
University of Oregon, Oregon
Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Ansan

2006 Jungjin Lee, Yelwha-Dang Art Publication, Seoul
2005 Thing, Minseogak publication, Seoul
2002 Desert/Jungjin Lee, Sepia International Inc. New York
2001 Jungjin Lee 99-01 On Road/Ocean, Kukje Gallery/Sepia International
2000 Jungjin Lee: Beyond Photography, Shigak Publications, Seoul
1997 Wasteland, Art Space Seoul, Seoul
1996 Dissolving Landscapes, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
1993 The American Desert, Shigak Publications, Seoul
1988 A Lonely Cabin in a Far Away Island, Yelwha-dang Art Publication, Seoul

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