Korean-born digital artist, Jae Hoon Lee, scans textures from the world around him, manipulating them digitally and weaving them into images that transform the ordinary into art.
He uncovers minute details of everyday objects, urban scenes, accidents, elements of nature, natural phenomena: things that are seen yet at the same time, not. He brings these elements to the fore in ways that make us ask the question, is what we see in fact just that, or something we've only desired to see?
Lee has captured this underlying theme of transparency in A Leaf by using a time-lapsed version of a leaf's life cycle through the period of a year, concocting a hybrid leaf made up of many leaves, that is continually rising like a DNA strand passing up to the heavens.
Listener critic Tessa Laird referred to A Leaf as: “ a green geyser of morphing species. To a soundtrack of cicadas, this piece was like a trip up the Amazon River – astonishingly lush”.
Lee leads a nomadic life, collecting source material for his work on his travels through New Zealand and Asia and occasionally Europe, using this material in a variety of inventive ways – for instance as digitally manipulated photographs that are sometimes mounted on light boxes, or montages of moving images and patterns as we see with his video A Leaf.
Jae Hoon Lee was born in Korea and moved to the United States in 1993 to study Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1998 he moved to New Zealand to pursue his studies at Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts, graduating with an MFA in 2001, and is currently enrolled in the University’s doctoral programme.
Lee’s work has been represented in a number of public art gallery exhibitions in New Zealand and overseas.