Nucleus, a solo exhibition for Lee Seung-Jio, known as “the pipe artist” in Korean art world, is held in Galerie Perrotin in Hong Kong from May 26 to July 8. He uses a structure of cylindrical bands resembling pipes as the foundation of pure formative language, and he has constructed an original abstract world by playing variations of them on his canvases. The image of pipes, which the artist referred to as a “nucleus,” represents the illusion-like nature of physicality, as well as a symbol of modern civilization. This exhibition at Perrotin Hong Kong, focuses on his work of the 1970s and 1980s, the decades during which his interest transitioned from representing nucleus as objects with optical illusions to painting “non-material spatiality.”
Lee’s works have been exhibited at multiple prestigious galleries and museums, including at Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea (2016); Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea (2015); Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea (2011); Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (2010); Wellside Gallery, Seoul, Korea (2010); Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (2004); Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea (2000); Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea (1996); and Hoam Gallery, Seoul, Korea (1991).
Lee’'s works are included in the collections of major museums such as National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; Deutsche Bank, Seoul, Korea; Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; Hoam Museum, Seoul, Korea; Hongik University Museum, Seoul, Korea; Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea; Hansol Group Co., Seoul, Korea; and Seoul Women’'s College of Nursing, Seoul, Korea.