About Gallery BK

56, 42gil, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Gallery BK was established in Itaewon-dong, Seoul in 2011. We explore promising contemporary artists throughout the world and introduce them to domestic and international audiences, while planning various exhibitions which would stimulate our contemporary mean’s intellect and emotion.
Furthermore Gallery BK aims most to promote communication between contemporary art and its audience from diverse angles of view. Gallery BK seeks to introduce experimental art that can also appeal to the public.

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Lee Jeong-Lok: NABI

2017.5.18. – 6.17.
When it comes to artworks for photographer Lee Jeong-Lok, the invisible world seems to be more important than the visible one. How can we understand the artist Lee’s paradoxical art world that attempts to express something invisible via photographs?
Landscapes of nature in daily routine are reproduced in ‘Instant Light’ sounding shutter clicking by hands of the artist Lee Jeong-Lok. Such light approaches us as ‘Tree of life’ and as a group of ‘Butterflies’. The essential object in the artist’s work, ‘Light’ plays a important role in connecting the visible world with the invisible one, this world with another world, real landscape with an imaginary landscape encouraging people to see the world beyond the actual landscape.
<NABI> is an exhibition which enables audience to think over ‘something that exists despite its invisible nature’ which has always been focused by the artist. This exhibition further induces the audience to experience mythical illusion hidden under the invisible daily landscape via viewpoints of the artist. We expect the viewers to enter unknown landscape and invisible world and further a world we can’t reach guided by butterflies as if they enter a fairy tale.

Artist’s Note

Nabi Ⅰ

With light, I have been painting something that exists despite its invisible nature; places that correspond to the visible world, places beyond our sensual cognition, profoundly mysterious places that nevertheless cannot be separated from our world of cognition. Painting with light is the body, mind, and the soul harmoniously following the rhythm; it was an act of delivering positive energy felt by the body, rather than creating something from nothing.

There is a space in which reason dissipates. That is a special place which is outside of the fence of concepts. The place is outside and inside of my self at the same time; when I reach that place, I do not merely depend on my sight, but I exploit all of my senses. When all senses are unlocked, a new world is opened. While creating this peace, I summarized lights in various symbolic forms into nabi, the butterfly. The butterfly, symbolizing a being moving from this world to the other, a spirit, was used to signify a gate and a messenger linking the two worlds. Nabi, the title of my work, also means prophet in Hebrew. The sphere that sometimes appears stems from the original form and order of the universe. I expressed the spirit inside the form, not the form itself, in the form of nabi, the butterfly.

Nabi Ⅱ

When day and night get mingled and so do light and darkness, there surfaces the deep and soothing energy of time and space. Then I capture and record the mysterious energy of that moment on my film. As the darkness falls, my senses and reason get tranquilized. Slowly and quietly, my humble being gets drawn deep into the energy of the space.

When the world falls under the spell of the darkness completely, the energies in and out of myself meet each other once again and at that moment I press the shutter again. Everytime the flash goes off in the dark, a nabi comes into being. One, two, three, four, five……, tens and hundreds of energies turn themselves into nabis and land on my film.

The “Instant Flash” that I use for my work is an instant light. It certainly does exist but is an energy that cannot be captured. It is the most essential tool and also the most significant symbol in my photography. We now have something invisible that does exist and the positive energy that was transmitted by it. The light as a medium of such energy can only be manifested through light and darkness, gentle and tough, and harmony and balance.

Butterflies represent the soul in the East. Butterflies fly between here and there, even crossing the border between life and death. Coincidentally, the Korean word for butterfly, nabi, also means “prophet” in Hebrew. Because of this, the light in various forms and symbols is concentrated as butterfly in this series.

I moved my work field from the Honam area (the south western part of S. Korea) where I did most of my work to Jeju. I was simply drawn by the fundamental energy that the Jeju island’s primitive nature held in it. After several years in Jeju, it was Zhujiajiao in China that my curiosity led me to for its great energy stemmed from the traditional lifestyle and nature of the town. The work in Tohoku was my earnest prayer, from the site of fallen civilization by the Tohoku earthquake.

Then I was in Cappadocia in Turkey, a once sanctuary for the suppressed Christians. There I tried to visualize the noble and sympathetic connection with the earth that was emitting an intense energy. Lastly, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, I wanted to highlight peace and calmness found in the Khmer temples that was still miraculously standing even after their long and harsh past.

2002 M.F.A in Fine Art Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, USA
M.F.A in Photography Design, Hong-ik University, Seoul, Korea
B.F.A in Industrial Design, Gwangju University, Gwangju, Korea

Selected Solo Exhibition
2015 Nabi, Soul Art Space, Busan, Korea
2015 See the Unseen, BMW PHOTO SPACE, Busan, Korea
2014 Journey of Light, Shinsegae Gallery, Busan, Korea
2014 Let There Be The Light, Zendai Contemporary Art Space, Shanghai, China
2014 Palette of Light, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2014 Tree of Life in Island, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2014 Tree of Life in Island, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2013 Tree of Life in Island, Soul Art Space, Busan, Korea
2013 Light & Revelation, Vit Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2012 Decoding Scape, The Museum of Photography, Seoul. Korea
2012 Decoding Scape, Dudon Museum of Art, Jeju. Korea
2012 See the Unseen, Soul Art Space, Busan, Korea
2010 Tree of life, Vit Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2010 Tree of life, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2009 Jeonglok LEE, Gallery Kong, seoul, Korea
2007 The Mythic scape, Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2007 The Mythic scape, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2003 Aquarium, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2002 Clarias, Nine Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2001 Clarias, SPAS Gallery, Rochster, New York, USA
1998 The Southern Land, Gallery 2000, Seoul, Korea

Selected Group Exhibition
2015 Surveying the Landscape : Contemporary Korean Photography, Wall Space gallery, Santa Barbara, USA
2015 Foto Istanbul, Kabatas, Istanbul, Turkey
2015 Dali International Photography Exhibition, Dali, Yunnan province, China
2015 Master of Light, Shine Artist, London, UK
2015 Water also Dreams, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea
2014 Nature, in process, space cottonseed, Singapore
2014 Ha Jung-woong Young Artists “Light-2014″ , Kwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
2014 FULL MOON : A Story of Sky and Earth, Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, Korea
2014 Festival of Photography in Museum-History, Kwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
2013 Meditated Landscape, Woljeon Museum of Art, Icheon, Korea
2013 Breath of Tree, Cheonan Arts Center Museum of Art, Cheonan, Korea
2013 Utopia, Opera gallery, Seoul, Korea
2013 Fact of Fiction, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2012 Mudeung Tales, TODAY ART MUSEUM, Beijing, China
2012 Gwangju Biennale – Round Table Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall, Gwangju, Korea
2012 Secret, the Margin of Error, Arko Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2011 Mythology Today, Pohang Museum of Art, Pohang, korea
2011 Magical Country, Yangpyeong Art Museum, Yangpyeong, korea
2011 Nature, Image, Ilwoo Space, Seoul, Korea
2011 Make Movement, Kumho Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2011 The 3rd International Contemporary Art: Creation from the Fingertips, Gwangju Biennale Hall, Gwangju, Korea
2011 Open It to Your Mom, Gallery Now, Seoul, Korea
2010 Nanjing Biennale:AND_WRITERS, Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum, Nanjing, China
2010 On the Cutting Edge: Aspects of Korean Contemporary Photography, National Taiwan Museum of Fine rts, Taichung, Taiwan
2010 The moment, 63 Sky Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
2010 Media Art Festival: DIGIFESTA, Gwangju Biennale Hall, Gwangju, Korea
2009 Seoul International Photo Festival, Garden 5 Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2009 Gwangju & Seoul Creative Studio Resident Artists Exchange Exhibition: No…, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
2009 Serotonin 2, SeMA Gyeonghuigung of Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2009 OZ Thema, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2009 make up photo, Vit Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2009 Getxophoto Festival, Getxo, Spain
2009 Blue Dot ASIA, Seoul Art Center. Seoul, Korea
2009 Utopia, Gallery Illum, Seoul, Korea
2009 New Digital Age, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia
2008 Illusion, 2X13 Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2008 Art at Home: Wonderful Life, Doosan Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2008 Factory, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2008 Contemporary Korean Art, Korean Cultural Centre, London, UK
2008 Time of Response, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China
2007 Multiple Art Lovers, Gallery M, Daegu, Korea
2007 Shanghai eArt Festival, Xuhui Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2007 Our Land, Our People, Gwangju Folk Museum, Gwangju, Korea
2007 Daegu and Gwangju New Vision, Debec Gallery, Daegu, Korea
2007 The First Decade, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2006 Uijae Art Studio open studio, Uijae Museum, Gwangju, Korea
2006 Media Experiment, Chosun University Museum, Gwangju, Korea
2006 Historical Culture Travel: Island, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2006 Humanity of Angle, Gwangju Museun of Art, Gwangju, Korea
2006 The Image of Korean Modern Life, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2005 The Tales of 15 Villages, The former site of Jeollanaamdo Provincial Building, Gwangju, korea
2005 Geumgang Nature Art Pre-Biennale 2005: ABOUT-FROM-FOR NATURE, Yatoo Nature Art-Museum, Gongju, Korea
2005 Toward Ecotopia, Jeollanamdo Okgwa Art Museum, Okgwa, Korea
2004 Geumgang Nature Art Pre-Biennale 2004, Geumgang Biennale Special Hall, Gongju, Korea
2004 Korea Young Artists Biennale, Daegu Culture and Art Center, Daegu, Korea
2004 Landscape: 10 photographers, Uijae Museum, Gwangju, Korea
2003 It’s the Landscape, Chohung Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2003 View and Gaze, Sinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2003 Amazing Things Happen in Gwangju River” Lotte Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2001 Intersection, SPAS Gallery. Rochester. New York, USA
2001 19 photographers with Calm Land, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
2001 Digital Art, Gallery r, Rochester. New York, USA
2001 Honor Show, SPAS Gallery, Rochester, New York, USA
2000 More Than Several, SPAS Gallery, Rochester, New York, USA
1999 Calm land, Sai Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1999 Honam photo Festival, Familyland Special Exhibition Hall, Gwangju, Korea
1998 6 Photographers with Calm Land, Gallery 2000, Seoul, Korea
1997 HIPHO, Indeco Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1997 Commuagate, Sansung Photo Gallery, Seoul, Korea