A Conversation between Monet and Sochi: Video Art by Lee-nam Lee

April 14, 2012 - August 18, 2012

Drawing upon art historical images from Asia and the West, Korean artist Lee-nam Lee employs digital technology to offer new interpretations of iconic works of art.

In the work A Conversation between Monet and Sochi, Lee-nam Lee projects the images of a classic painting from the Western tradition by Claude Monet (1840-1926) and an ink painting from the Eastern tradition by Korean artist Sochi (1803-1893). As the projected images change and interact, the artist brings the paintings to life. Seasons change, day turns to night, and fisherman in the Monet sails into the Sochi, while Lee-nam introduces into these 19th-century landscapes images of a modern city skyline and gently falling snow. The result is visual poetry. Lee has exhibited in over 200 solo and group exhibitions in Korea, China, New York, and Washington, DC.

This exhibition is organized by the Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, Michigan, in collaboration with the artist.

This exhibition is supported with a grant from Kalamazoo Community Foundation/John E. Fetzer Institute Fund.

Lee-nam Lee, A Conversation between Monet and Sochi, ca. 2009