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Artist
Young Uk Lee

Artist Young-Wook Lee graduated from Bachelor's degree in Western painting at Dankook University and graduated from Master's degree in Painting at Hongik University. Since then, the artist's solo exhibition Birth project Leha Gallery (Daejeon, Korea) has started, and the group exhibition B-side Kagosipo Gallery (Seoul, Korea) has shown a number of exhibition activities. Young-Wook Lee talks about the sexual discourses that cannot be spoken socially through the characters appearing in the overall picture. This character, which personified the artist's inner face, seems to adapt to the social structure by disguising as a familiar and cute image, but in reality, it draws the inner reaction of the viewer as a subject that erupts desires.
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Artist
Young Uk Lee

Artist Young-Wook Lee graduated from Bachelor's degree in Western painting at Dankook University and graduated from Master's degree in Painting at Hongik University. Since then, the artist's solo exhibition Birth project Leha Gallery (Daejeon, Korea) has started, and the group exhibition B-side Kagosipo Gallery (Seoul, Korea) has shown a number of exhibition activities. Young-Wook Lee talks about the sexual discourses that cannot be spoken socially through the characters appearing in the overall picture. This character, which personified the artist's inner face, seems to adapt to the social structure by disguising as a familiar and cute image, but in reality, it draws the inner reaction of the viewer as a subject that erupts desires.
Curatorial Essay
What is your ideal utopia?

In the present age, we are undergoing a lifestyle change that extends across the social environment due to the unique situation of covid-19. In many ways, the behaviors of life have been limited, and the distance from others has also increased. This has also affected our inner world. Feelings of anxiety and fear grew inside people because their life is under a threat. Feelings of loneliness, depression and futility increased too due to lack of relationships. I0ronically, having been forced to separate ourselves from the outside world, we have gained the time to look at ourselves as individual subjects.
The ClickScrollZoom.com exhibition was planned for people who are experiencing this turning point under the theme of “The Dream We Dream through Art.” I would like to introduce three artists and their work hoping you would find your own answers to the question, “What is your ideal utopia?”
The three artists participating in this exhibition express their ideals with their own themes and expressions. Soo-hyung Park expresses the desire for the ideal life of a modern urban person using the theme of ‘Grass field.’ He objectively visualizes the standardized utopian life on his canvas and make people think about illusory idealism. The artist, Young-wook Lee, uses a sexual character to work on a painting with a performance personality that reveals her inner desire. If Soo-hyung Park's work is 'facing the face as it is', Young-wook Lee's work can be regarded as 'discovering' and 'rediscovering' his desire in 'facing the face'. Lastly, Hyun-wook Nam shows the work of stage in 'Fully Looking' after 'Insight' and 'Desire' inside. The artist expresses the ideal life that he sees and imagines through the theme of 'window.’ A window with a dual structure of 'inside’ and ‘outside' symbolizes the desire to communicate with the outside while being safe in one’s own domain. It also captures and presents the small and calm daily activity of playing in the water to show the proposition that each person's utopia exists nearby.
Each work has different expression methods, but the artist's own thoughts about the ideal life are thoroughly expressed in the picture. However, if the works produced through such deep thinking do not also have the viewers' gaze and experience, the meaning and value of their existence will be reduced. No matter how good a work is, if the audience cannot experience it, it will be nothing but absence. However, the current situation make it difficult for people to view art directly. Therefore, we adopted and planned an online exhibition as a new alternative. We want each of you to have time to reflect on yourselves and redefine your attitude in life in this virtual space we have prepared.

Yangwon Choi
Individual Work Essay
Young-wook Lee talks about sexual discourses that cannot be revealed socially through characters appearing in pictures. The character in the picture which was born by reflecting one's inner self, is sometimes childish and light, but it has its own narrative structure in that it is an expression of personal desire that is not free from the eyes of others.
This fictional being, the speaker and protagonist in the work, appears dominates entire screen in the form of a rounded naked body. Repetition of uniform shapes is perceived as a kind of pattern rather than individual images, so it looks like a highly decorative illustration. The painting has a bright and familiar atmosphere with familiar characters as seen in fancy goods, vivid colors close to the primary colors, and pastel tones. In this way, the artwork has a cute and charming expression, but it is a visual device derived from the intention of exposing socially sensitive topics. Indeed, the picture is shockingly different from its initial impression. The reason is because the artist described the act of having sex in a clever and open way in the picture.
The artist says that the fictional character he created anthropomorphizes his inner desires. Through his work, he deals with the social taboo of sex and sexual desire consciously suppressed because of other people's eyes. In his work, the fictional character has humorous and natural physical love. The artist’s message which he wants to deliver to the audience is that sex is not a bad thing or a shameful thing and moreover it's a very natural thing in our lives like eating and sleeping. So, Young-wook Lee's painting is a work like a performance. Rather than discussing the aesthetic elements of the painting itself, his work functions as an interactive communication window where the artist speaks to the viewers and urges them to respond.
In addition, his work becomes a representative of the sexual desire which the viewer wants to hide. A spectator who faces a work that has been declared 'a representative of my desire' finds himself responding in the form of empathy or repulsion. The artist uses his work as a space to accommodate the emotions of all viewers. Some may criticize it, be curious, or feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. In this process, the spectator encounters and discovers his inner desires and emotions that have not been revealed or could not have been revealed. Also, rather than being inflammatory or critical, the artist’s method of humor makes viewers more likely to positively face their emotions. In the process of sympathizing with these works, the viewer feels freedom.
In the end, Young-wook Lee's work, in which sexual desires are visualized, serves as a means of liberation that expresses the oppressed desires of viewers. In addition, it provides a place for thought to go beyond the liberation of controlled desires, to look inside and find one’s true self.

Yangwon Choi