Lee Ufan (born 1965, Korea) emerged as one of the founders and major proponents of the avant-garde Mono-ha Object School group in the late 1960s. Mono-ha was Japan’s first internationally recognized contemporary art movement, rejecting Western notions of representation and emphasizing materials and perception and interrelationships between space and matter. Lee’s early painting series, From Point and From Line (1972–84) present a minimal, gestural act that induces in the viewer a live experience of passing time and physical (rather than depicted) space. In these works, Lee combines ground mineral pigment with animal-skin glue, traditional to East Asian painting on silk. Restricting his palette to a single color on a white ground—cobalt blue or burnt orange, evoking sky or earth, respectively—Lee loads his brush with this powdery, crystalline emulsion and, in From Point, marks the canvas with regular dabs from left to right until there is no more color left. He then repeats this act until rows of gradually fading marks fill the entire canvas. The From Line series pursues a similar systematic approach, moving vertically with single gestural strokes. Lee uses the means of abstract minimalism—seriality, the grid, and monochrome—to alternative ends, emphasizing the gestural mark, the edge, and surface as physical affirmations of existence.
Museum quality and curator approved reproduction. This piece is framed in a handmade, hand-stained 2" deep black Ash wood frame, shipped ready to mount on your wall with an easy to use hanging kit. Printed on top quality 225 GSM US made Fibermark Enduro Matte paper. Dimensions: 15.30 x 12.5 x 2 (inches). 1977
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