With light, I have been painting something that exists despite its invisible nature; places that correspond to the visible world, places beyond our sensual cognition, profoundly mysterious places that nevertheless cannot be separated from our world of cognition. Painting with light is the body, mind, and the soul harmoniously following the rhythm; it was an act of delivering positive energy felt by the body, rather than creating something from nothing.
There is a space in which reason dissipates. That is a special place which is outside of the fence of concepts. The place is outside and inside of my self at the same time; when I reach that place, I do not merely depend on my sight, but I exploit all of my senses. When all senses are unlocked, a new world is opened.
While creating this peace, I summarized lights in various symbolic forms into nabi, the butterfly. The butterfly, symbolizing a being moving from this world to the other, a spirit, was used to signify a gate and a messenger linking the two worlds. Nabi, the title of my work, also means prophet in Hebrew. The sphere that sometimes appears stems from the original form and order of the universe. I expressed the spirit inside the form, not the form itself, in the form of nabi, the butterfly.
Lee Jeong-Lok was born in Gwangju, South Korea in 1971, and majored in Fine Art Photography at the Graduate School of Photographic Art and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology.
He has been doing photography with focus on proving the fundamental world, which is existent but invisible, with his mythical sensitivity. Lee held a 20-time solo exhibition at Zendai Contemporary Art Space in Shanghai, Museum of Photography in Seoul and Kwanhun Gallery etc.
He has been invited to international special exhibitions, such as Gwangju Biennale (2012), Mudeung Tales (Beijing Today Art Museum, 2012) and Nanjing Biennale, etc. In addition, Lee Jeong-Lok worked as an artist in the residence program at Himalaya Museum of Art International Residency Program in Shanghai, Gashiri Studio in Jeju, Gwangju Museum of Art Studio, etc. He won a grand prize at the 2006 Gwangju Shinsegae Art Festival.