Through the combination of nature and artificiality, the artist Lee Myoungho (b.1975) explores the essence of the reproduction and the reenactment in art and the boundaries between art and photography. In Lee’s Tree and Tree… series that show the tree as a painted object on canvas by the artist building a white canvas behind the tree to separate the tree from nature. Framed against the large white canvas backdrop in the middle of a natural landscape, the tree, formerly only a part of nature, is converted into a subject of art and an object worthy of notice. The white canvas, which plays a pivotal role in this transition, is important factor evidencing the work is neither simple landscape nor still object photography.
Born in 1975, Myoung Ho Lee studied photography at Chung-Ang University, proceeding to hold solo exhibitions at Yossi Milo Gallery (New York, 2009/2017), Sungkok Art Museum (Seoul, 2013), Savina Museum (Seoul, 2017), and others. His works are housed at major art institutions including the Bibliothèque nationale de France, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, National Gallery of Victoria, Museo Arte Contemporáneo in Salta, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, and Seoul Museum of Art. The artist lives and works in Seoul, pursuing various projects such as the Player Project celebrating the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, public campaign Awakening the Senses organized by Korean Teachers’ Credit Union and Vine Project in collaboration with Château Laroque.