Jinjoon’s research and practice evoke the concept of the Asian garden to explore the ways in which people experience (and create) their personal temporary and imaginary individual utopias. These Asian utopic visions are engaged in order to address present challenges of urbanisation, human alienation, estrangement from nature and its current impasses. What results from this are mostly moving images and installation works that draw upon various East Asian garden-making traditions such as Suiseki, Bonsai, Chinese scholar’s rocks and aquariums. His work combines natural and electronic media to produce a multi-layered exploration of the ambiguities between natural and cultural, public and private, urban and rural, and technological and environmental spaces to doubly articulate the artificiality of the already encultured, and thus artificial nature of the ‘garden’. In his research, he adopts an overtly interdisciplinary approach, encompassing ideas from the realms of architecture, geography, geomancy (Feng Shui), zoology, Daoism, Tibetan and Zen Buddhism, and the theatrical arts.
Jinjoon Lee (이진준) is a UK-based Korean artist and designer working with a wide range of media, including sculpture, drawing, photography, video and sound installation to explore the perception of utopian ideologies and Khôra.
Since giving his debut solo exhibition at ARKO Art Centre of the Arts Council of Korea in 2008, Lee has exhibited at numerous venues worldwide including Seoul Metropolitan Museum, Korea National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, India International Centre, the Prague National Gallery in Czechia, the National Museum of Bulgaria and the Royal College of Music in London. Lee’s studio is perhaps best known for its public media sculpture They, which has been permanently installed at Digital Media City, Seoul since 2010, and fulfills the architectural design and development for innovative projects around the world.
After graduating with BBA, BFA and MFA from Seoul National University in S. Korea, he went on to achieve an MA in Moving Image and Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London. Jinjoon Lee was a winner of The Merlin Entertainments Group Madame Tussauds Prize in 2017, and he is a formal member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and the British Kendo Association.