Circle of Being : Lee Wonchul

‘Trees and Graves’

‘Circle of being’ is the series based on trees and graves as subject matters. The tree sprouts,blossoms and fruits from spring to autumn. Then, they are naturally fallen into the ground, decay into manure during winter, and again become to aliment the fresh green shoots in spring. Like the above, not only our gene, spirit, and lesson that have come from an ancestor but also our life itself lead to the next generation. To put this idea, trees and graves that are not dissimilar with handing down the pedigree of human-being has been in my work.
In general, trees stand for the life and graves are regarded as a representative object of the death. However, they can be considered inversely. Trees seem to be looked an organism, but there are also the countless and repetitive passing in trees for another life. Graves do not simply signify the end of life. Rather, they also involve people desire that prolongs the immortal life for their soul. Trees and graves are not subjectively considered as the fixed ideas respectively in the work because they say both the death and life simultaneously.

*The photographer note is attached as below.

The tree in spring pushes out new sprouts, flowers and bears fruits. Then, in autumn its leaves turn red, are fallen into the ground, decay into manure during winter, and again become the nutrient for pushing out new green shoots in spring. It repeats this cycle in one-year cycle; it lives for tens of years or hundreds of years. Although it comes out of the same root, stretches its branch, bears flowers and fruits every year, it always bears new fruit of the year. Even one tree repeats the death and birth of life in its cycle, and the more it repeats, the more its root deepens as well as trunk gets thicker and stronger. People are born nourished from their parents body, grow up suckling to mother breast, and
make a model of his parents until they reaches to the age accountable for themselves. As the time comes when they can be responsible for their life and carrying it out for themselves, they also reproduce their own children and become adults. As their parents did, they also bring the children up with their ability and get stronger and tough, but soon get smaller as time goes by.

The death of grand-father gives a birth to his grandson. Human genealogy which develops
succeeding to generations through a silent teaching of ancestor makes no difference from the circulation
of tree, which bears a life in the process that the fallen leaves are decayed into the nutrients for the fresh
sprouts. Perhaps, t it true that the death of human does end with his death, but it bears fruit of that generation by the birth of new life which has the same root, is it?

*Though Circle of Being  and The Starlight-Gyeongju have the same concept and subject matters, the
titles are different because their shooting location and time(day or night) are distinct.

 

‘Circle of Being (존재의 순환)’은 나무와 고분을 소재로 한 사진작업이다. 나무가 봄이 되어 꽃이 피고, 가을이 되면 낙엽이 떨어져 썩음으로써 다음해에 다시 꽃이 필 수 있는 양분이 되듯, 인간의 삶 또한 선조로부터 받은 유전자는 물론이고 정신과 가르침을 소양으로 세대가 거듭될수록 발전하며 인간계보를 이어 나가는 것이 나무의 순환과 다르지
않다는 생각되어 나무와 고분을 소재로 선택하여 작업하였다.(이하 작가노트 첨부) ‘ 나무와 고분 ’ 나무는 봄이 되면 새싹이 돋고, 꽃이 피고 열매를 맺는다. 또한 가을이되 면 잎은 단풍이 들고 낙엽이 돼서 썩어 거름이 되어 겨울을 나고 다시 봄에 새싹을 피울 수 있는 양분이 된다. 이 같은 순환을 반복하며 1년을 한주기로 몇 십 년 혹은 몇 백 년을 살아간다. 한 뿌리에서 나와 가지를 뻗고매년 꽃과 열매를 맺지만 늘 새로운 ‘그 해의 결실’을 맺는다. 한 그루의나무지만 그 속에서 매년 죽음과 새 생명의 탄생을 반복하고, 그러한 반복이 거듭될수록 뿌리는 더욱 깊어지고, 줄기는 굵고 강고하게 성장한다.

인간은 부모의 몸을 받아 태어나 어머니의 젖을 먹고 자라고 스스로를 책임질 수 있는 나이까지 부모를 밑거름 삼아 커나간다. 자신의 인생을 책임지고 스스로 해결할 수 있는 때가 되면 인간 역시 또다시 자신의 자식을 만들며 성인이 되어 간다. 자신도 자신의 부모님이 해왔듯이 자신의능력으로 자식을 키워가며 자신이 굵고 강해짐과 동시에 나이가 듦에 의
해 작아진다.

할아버지의 죽음은 손자를 낳고, 선조의 무언의 가르침을 소양으로 세대를 이어가며 발전하는 인간의 계보는 나무의 순환처럼 낙엽이 썩어 양분이 되어 새로운 생명을 잉태하는 것과 다르지 않다. 사람의 죽음 또한 죽음으로 끝나는 것이 아니라 같은 뿌리를 가진 새 생명의 탄생으로 ‘그 세대의 결실’을 맺는 것이 아닐까?

* ‘Cicle of Being’과 ’The Starlight-경주‘는 같은 개념과 소재를 갖고 있지만작업제목이 다른 이유는, 촬영장소와 촬영시간대가 다르기 때문이다.

 

“ต้นไม้ และ หลุมศพ”
“Circle of being” คือเรื่องราวที่เกี่ยวกับต้นไม้และหลุมศพ “ต้นไม้” แตกกิ่งก้านผลิดอก และออกผล ในฤดูใบไม้ผลิ
หลังจากนั้นจึงร่วงลงสู่พื้นอย่างเป็นธรรมชาติในฤดูใบไม้ร่วงและย่อยสลายเป็นปุ๋ยในฤดูหนาวกลายมาเป็นแหล่งอาหารสำหรับการเข้าสู่ฤดูใบไม่ผลิอันเขียวชอุ่มอีกครั้งเช่นเดียวกัน ไม่ใช่เพียงแค่ยีนส์ วิญญาณ และบทเรียน ที่มาจากบรรพบุรุษเท่านั้น แต่ยังรวมถึงชีวิตของเราเองด้วยที่จะถูกส่งต่อไปยังรุ่นต่อไปต้นไม้และหลุมศพซึ่งส่งต่อการดำรงอยู่ของมนุษย์ จึงถูกนำมาเป็นตัวแทนในการถ่ายทอดแนวความคิดนี้ โดยทั่วไป ต้นไม้คือตัวแทนของการมีชีวิตในขณะที่หลุมศพเป็นสัญญะแห่งความตาย ถึงแม้กระนั้นเราก็สามารถที่จะมองในมุมกลับได้ต้นไม้ที่เหมือนว่าจะเป็นเพียงระบบของสิ่งมีชีวิตหนึ่งแต่ความจริงแล้วก็ยังสรรพสิ่งมากมากนับไม่ถ้วนที่มีชีวิตด้วยต้นไม้นี้หลุมฝังศพก็เช่นกัน ไม่ได้เป็นเพียงสัญญะบ่งบอกถึงจุดจบของชีวิตเท่านั้นแต่กลับหมายถึงจิตวิญญาญอันเป็นอมตะอย่างที่มนุษย์ปราถนา งานชิ้นนี้ไม่สามารถเรียงลำดับความสำคัญระหว่าง ต้นไม้ และหลุมศพ ได้ เพราะความตายและการมีชีวิตอยู่เป็นสิ่งที่เกิดขึ้นในขณะเดียวกัน

Lee, Won-Chul
Education
2015 D.F.A Course Certificated in Photography, Hongik University (Korea)
2007 M.A. in Photographic Design, Hongik University (Korea)
2002 B.A. in Photography, RMIT University (Australia)
1999 Diploma, majored in Photography, Seoul Institute of the Arts (Korea)

Solo Exhibition
2016 ‘TIME’ – Gallery TOAST (Seoul)
2016 Lee, Won-Chul Photo Exhibition – IFC Seoul (Seoul)
2015 ‘TIME, take it slow’ – Boroomsan Museum (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2015 ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ – Gallery Achim (Seoul)
2015 ‘The Window’ – Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2014 ‘TIME’ – J.One Gallery (Daegu, Korea)
2014 ‘TIME’ – Space22 (Seoul)
2013 ‘The Starlight’ – Art space Withartist (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2012 ‘TIME’ – Space CAN (Beijing, China)
2011 ‘Skiagraphie’ – Gallery Bresson (Seoul)
2010 ‘Industrial Starlight’ – WM Class Gallery (Seoul)
2009 ‘Industrial Starlight’ – Gallery JINSUN (Seoul)
2008 ‘The Starlight – Gyeongju’ – Gallery Su (Daegu, Korea)
2008 Lee, Won-Chul Photo Exhibition – Gallery Designer Zoo (Seoul)
2007 ‘The Starlight – Gyeongju’ – Gallery JINSUN (Seoul)
2006 ‘Epiphanie Landscape’ – Gana forum space (Seoul)
2005 ‘Our Mutual Crossing’ (Duet Exhibition) – Daelim Contemporary Art Museum
(Seoul)
2004 ‘The Starlight’ – Gallery Lux (Seoul)
Group Exhibition
2016 ‘Highlight’ – Gallery Sai (Seoul)
2016 ‘O sole mio’ – Space OPT (Seoul)
2016 ‘The Exhibition for exhibition’ – Gallery KOROGRAM (Seoul)
2016 Photoville 2016 – Brooklyn Bridge Park (Newyork, U.S)
2016 Daegu Photo Biennale – Daegu Arts Center (Daegu, Korea)
2016 ‘Art Shopping with Artists’ – Gallery TOAST (Seoul)
2016 ‘Unlimited Limited’ – Gallery Mark (Seoul)
2016 ‘CAN Art Collection’ – Space CAN (Seoul)
2016 Art Road 77 – Heyri Community House (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2016 2016 Art Gyeonggi START-UP -Gyeonggi Center for Creative Economy &
Innovation
(Gyeonggi, Korea)
2016 ‘Sensation Photography’ – Gallery SP (Seoul)
2015 ‘Surveying the Landscape’ -Wall Space Gallery (Santa Barbara, U.S.A.)
2015 ‘Trigger Sight’ – Museum of Gyeongnam National University of Science
and Technology
(Jinju, Korea)
2015 ‘Re-Pre:sent Seoul Platform’ – Culture Station Seoul 284 (Seoul)

2015 ‘Sweetness of Life’ -Gallery Orchard (Seoul)
2015 ‘Side B’ – The Texas Project (Seoul)
2015 ‘100 Artists 100 Pictures’ – R.mutt 1917 (Seoul)
2014 Surim Photo Prize Exhibition – Hanbyeokwon Museum (Seoul)
2014 ‘White Christmas Gift’ – Adamas253 Gallery (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2014 ‘The Story of Jamunbak’ – Gallery Artuser (Seoul)
2014 ‘REW ▪ FF’ – Gallery Topic (Seoul)
2014 ‘19 chambers’ – The Texas Project (Seoul)
2014 Asia Photo Forum – Chang-dong Art Village (Changwon, Korea)
2014 ‘CAN CAN China!’ – Space CAN (Beijing, China)
2014 ‘Fellini’s La Strada’ – Art space Withartist (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2014 ‘Symbolic Mind’ – Gallery Far-Beyound (Seoul)
2013 ‘TRUMAN SHOW’ – Chosun University Museum (Gwangju, Korea)
2013 ‘One Room One Photo’ – Gallery NOW (Seoul)
2013 ‘Time and Space’ – SOAG (Melbourne, Australia)
2013 ‘Familiar and Defamiliar Narrative’ – Atelier Aki (Seoul)
2013 ‘Mental Operation’ – Gallery White Block (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2013 ‘CAN CAN China’ – Space CAN (Beijing, China)
2013 PYO Project – PYO Gallery South (Seoul)
2013 Art Road 77 – Gallery MOA (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2013 ‘Beyond the picture’ – Adamas253 Gallery (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2012 ‘High Times, Hard Times’ – Interalia (Seoul)
2012 ‘Another Voice’ – Gallery NOW (Seoul)
2012 ‘The Blue Wind’ – Gallery JINSUN (Seoul)
2012 ‘Art Road 77’ – Gallery Touch Art (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2012 ‘TESTING TESTING 1.2.3’ – Song Eun Art Sapce (Seoul)
2012 ‘Prologue’ – Adamas253 Gallery (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2012 Art Gyeongju 2012 – Gyeongju Arts Center (Gyeongju, Korea)
2012 JAM 2012 – Jangheung Art Park (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2012 ‘Artistic Period’ – Interalia (Seoul)
2011 Asean-Korea Photo Exhibition – Kumho Museum (Seoul)
2011 ‘Cross-scape’ – GoEun Museum of Photography (Busan, Korea)
2011 ‘Travelers’ – Gallery White Block (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2011 Young Portfolio Acquisitions 2010 – Kiyosato Museum (Japan)
2011 ‘The Living Purpose’ – Pohang Museum of Steel Art (Pohang, Korea)
2011 ‘Art Road 77’ – Gallery White Block (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2011 ‘The Mystic Tree’ – ILWOO Space (Seoul)
2011 ‘A Fresh Breeze!’ – Gallery Jinsun (Seoul)
2011 Insa Art Festival – Insa Art Center (Seoul)
2010 ‘The Multiple’ – PYO Gallery South (Seoul)
2010 ‘Unfamiliar Sights’ – Gallery Art Sagan (Seoul)
2010 ‘Real Interface’ – Gana Art Busan (Busan, Korea)
2010 ‘Emerging Wave’ – GoEun Museum of Photography (Busan, Korea)
2010 ‘Life is life’ – NAMSONG Art Museum (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2010 ASEAN Contemporary Photo Exhibition – Seoul Arts Center (Seoul)
2010 JAM – Jangheung Art Park (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2010 ‘Attention Please!’ – Gallery JINSUN (Seoul)
2010 ‘The Appearance of Mentalarea’ – Gallery M (Seoul)
2009 ‘Collection n Collection 2’ – Shinhan Arthall (Seoul)
2009 ‘2009 Young Artists Collection’ – Gallery JINSUN (Seoul)
2009 ‘The moment of strangeness’ – Lake Side Art Gallery (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2009 ‘Serotonin’ – Gallery Now (Seoul)
2009 ‘Time’ – Gallery Gainro (Seoul)
2009 ‘Artists of Song Eun-1’ – Gallery Song Eun (Seoul)
2009 ‘PEPERONI SYNDROME’ – Gallery Mac (Busan, Korea)
2009 The 8th China Photogtaphic art festival (Dali, China)
2009 Photo Korea 2009 – Coex (Seoul)

2009 Ulsan International Photography Festival – Ulsan Culture Art Center (Ulsan,
Korea)
2009 POSCO Steel Art Award – POSCO Art Museum (Seoul)
2009 ‘Sense & Sensibility’ – Gallery CHA (Seoul)
2008 ‘Photographs, take landscape’ – ARTBIT Gallery (Seoul)
2008 ‘The Big and Hip_Korean Photography Now’ – Gallery Rho (Seoul)
2008 ‘Young Artists Collection’ – Gallery JINSUN (Seoul)
2008 ‘Spring Decoration’ – Gallery Kim (Seoul)
2008 ‘For My Living room’ – Gallery Gainro (Seoul)
2008 Young Portfolio Acquisitions 2007 – Kiyosato Museum (Kiyosato, Japan)
2008 ‘True…’ – Shinhan Private Center (Gyeonggi & Seoul)
2008 ‘Treasures within’ – Seoul Museum of Art (Seoul)
2008 ‘Mindful Garden’– Shinsegae Arthall (Seoul)
2008 Joongang Finearts Prize – Seoul Arts Center (Seoul)
2008 ‘Collector’s Choice’ – Gallery SP (Seoul)
2008 ‘Look through light’ – Gallery Viva (Gangwon, Korea)
2008 ‘Showing a scene unfamiliar’ – Galllery WA (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2008 ‘PHOTO Collection NO.1’ – Gallery Lina (Seoul)
2008 ‘Song Eun Finearts Prize – Insa Art Center (Seoul)
2008 ‘Spirit of fall’ – Lotte Avenuel (Seoul)
2008 ‘AIR PROJECT’ – Gallery Nanji (Seoul)
2008 ‘Photographs, get into pictures’ – KT Arthall (Seoul)
2007 ‘Nature Consensus & Space Sympathy’ – DECOYA (Seoul)
2007 ‘Summer decoration photos’ – Rose Gallery (Seoul)
2007 ‘The vibration of the inside’ – NAMSONG Art Museum (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2007 ‘VomVom’s journey to the Artworld’ – KT Art hall (Seoul)
2007 三: Group Exhibition – Gallery J.Chen (Taipei, Taiwan)
2007 ‘Nostalgia’ – Gallery Gainro (Seoul)
2007 ‘Lightscape’ – Gallery William Morris (Gyeonggi, Korea)
2006 ‘ART OF FOCUS’ – SOKA Contemporary Space (Beijing, China)
2006 ‘Flying city_Good ‘Buy Incheon’’ – Incheon Multiculture & Arts Center
(Incheon, Korea)
2006 2006 Korea Photo Fair – Art N Dream (Seoul)
2006 ‘Fantasy in Nature’ – Gallery Now (Seoul)
2005 ‘PORTFOLIO 2005’ Seoul Youth Art Festival – Seoul Museum of Art (Seoul)
2005 ‘The Sea’ – Gallery La Mer (Seoul)
2005 Restoration of independence 60 annual Exhibition – Sejong Center for
Performing
Arts (Seoul)
2005 ‘POST PHOTO EXHIBITION’ – Hongik University Museum (Seoul)
2005 ‘The Park’ – Seoul Olympic Art Museum (Seoul)
2004 ‘at the first site…’ – Donggu Culture & Athletic Center (Daegu, Korea)
2004 ‘POST PHOTO EXHIBITION’ – Kwanhoon Gallery (Seoul)
2002 ‘profiled(d)’ – Viscom9 Gallery (Melbourne, Australia)
Art Fair
2016 Korea International Art Fair – Coex (Seoul)
2016 Affordable Art Fair – Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Seoul)
2014 Art Edition – Seoul Arts Center (Seoul)
2014 Seoul Open Art Fair – Coex (Seoul)
2013 Daegu Art Fair – Exco (Daegu, Korea)
2013 Art Gwangju – Kimdaejung Convention Center (Gwangju, Korea)
2013 Asia Hotel Art Fair – Conrad Seoul Hotel (Seoul)
2013 Korea Galleries Art Fair – Coex (Seoul)
2012 Art Daegu – Exco (Daegu, Korea)
2011 Art Edition – SETEC (Seoul)

2011 Seoul Open Art Fair – Coex (Seoul)
2010 Photo Taipei – Sunworld Dynasty Hotel (Taipei, Taiwan)
2010 Art Edition – Bexco (Busan, Korea)
2010 Korea International Art Fair – Coex (Seoul)
2010 Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair – Hotel Hyatt (Hong Kong)
2010 Seoul Photo Fair – Coex (Seoul)
2010 Seoul Open Art Fair – Coex (Seoul)
2009 Seoul Photo Fair – Coex (Seoul)
2009 Seoul Open Art Fair – Coex (Seoul)
2009 Salon des Arts Seoul – AT Center (Seoul)
2009 Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair – Hotel Hyatt (Seoul)
2009 Korea International Art Fair – Coex (Seoul)
2008 Seoul Photo Fair – Coex (Seoul)
2008 Seoul Open Art Fair – Coex (Seoul)
2008 Korea International Art Fair – Coex (Seoul)
2008 Seoul International Print, Photo & Edition works Art Fair – Seoul Arts Center
(Seoul)
2007 Korea International Art Fair – Coex (Seoul)
2007 Seoul International Print, Photo & Edition works Art Fair – Seoul Arts Center
(Seoul)
2007 Art Daegu – Exco (Daegu, Korea)
Awards, Grant & Residency
2014 Surim Photo Prize
2014 Youngeun Art Studio
2013 Exchange Programs with International Organizations
2012 Project Space in Beijing
2012 Grant for Culture & Art Funds
2011 fromS Residency
2010 Gana Jangheung Atelier
2009 Grant for SeMA Young Artist Exhibition supporting program
2009 POSCO Steel Art Award
2008 Song Eun Finearts Prize
2008 Joongang Finearts Prize
2007 Nanji Art Studio
2006 Grant for Culture & Art Funds
Collection
Seoul Museum of Art (Seoul), Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art (Gyeonggi,
Korea), Seoul Olympic Museum of Art (Seoul), Kiyosato Museum (Japan),
Australian Embassy (Seoul), SOKA Contemporary Art Center (Beijing, China),
National Museum of Contemporary Art – Art Bank (Gyeonggi, Korea), Surim
Cultural Foundation (Seoul), Youngjong Medical Center (Incheon, Korea), Kiturami
(Seoul), Song Eun Arts & Cultural Foundation (Seoul), Pureun Savings Bank (Seoul),
Shinyoung Securities(Seoul), Hangilsa (Gyeonggi, Korea), Kolon (Gyeonggi, Korea)