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Doyoung Lee: Six Monochromes

Finding art in the monotony of bodily labour, including baking, polishing, cutting, drilling and knitting.
By Sarah Ward
January 08, 2018
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By Sarah Ward
January 08, 2018
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Next time you do something physical and monotonous, think of Doyoung Lee. For him, repetitive actions such as baking, polishing, cutting, drilling and knitting — and knotting, layering, sanding, grinding, scraping, tightening and scoring — are all art. Indeed, they've inspired his current exhibition, which turns the above antics into abstract pieces that ponder the concept of making something.

In Six Monochromes, Lee doesn't just contemplate, however. He uses the kind of materials you wouldn't usually expect, as a way of re-enacting the processes that have influenced his work. Accordingly, magazine pages, wooden benchtops and an oil-based putty combine with rice and hair — from the artist's spouse and children.

Displaying at Webb Gallery at the Queensland College of Art at South Bank, the exhibition runs from January 9 to 20, with opening night festivities taking place from 6pm on January 12.

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