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Lee Bae, based in Paris and Seoul, has been exploring charcoal for over 30 years, demonstrating the diversity of monochrome and emerging as one of Korea’s most prominent post-Dansaekhwa artists. Charcoal is ever the nostalgic medium for him; a wish-making ritual in his hometown of Cheongdo involved burning a straw house under a full moon. Despite the predominance of sooty black on his canvases and in his films, Bae uses negative space and the materiality of charcoal to add dimension – and a sense of otherworldliness – to his work. He likens emptiness to moonlight – his works often juxtapose charcoal and this “moonlight.”
Heralding a return to normal life in the city, Perrotin Tokyo presents a solo exhibition of Bae’s work. Make an appointment here.