R 20th Century Gallery distinguishes itself from other design galleries through its very specific thematic design exhibitions with extraordinary, rare and very well researched objects. From March 6th through April 28th, the most outstanding works of Hun-Chung Lee will be on show at the R 20 gallery space in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York.
About the artist:
Lee’s interests in the historic precedents of Korean decorative arts and cultural heritage encourage him to celebrate the natural poetry of his materials in a way rarely seen in Western design. Many of the high-fired ceramics in the exhibition feature a celadon glaze originally developed during the 15th century. Lee also uses a traditional, hand-built kiln and relishes the unpredictable nature of the glazes over the course of the several days of immersing, pouring and firing that it takes to produce each piece. He presents the collection of works as a collaboration with and homage to nature. His delicate colors and simple forms are intended to suggest the natural beauty of the Korean landscape throughout the changing seasons. A recurring theme in this new collection is harmony — the harmony of colors and the harmony of seemingly disparate materials in his benches and storage units. In these pieces Lee coaxes concrete and steel into shapes that are softer than seems possible from such traditionally hard materials.
R 20th Century is located at 82 Franklin Street. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 11am – 6pm