Lee Ji Sun’s art life of research, ‘About the Cube’ 큐브에 관하여

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Images & Texts by Lee Ji Sun 

In the corner where three lines meet together, the light hardly reaches into the darkness. From the point, three lines stretch out to different direction from each other and stop at the next point to meet the other ones. Eight edges pointed by their reunions are placed in certain distance, and close the opened space where they lock the air inside. Horizontal and vertical lines constitute the width, the depth and the height of a volume which may remain empty or contain full of secrets.


Puzzle(Nuit), 2013, – Ji Sun LEE(image source : Ji Sun LEE)

Six rectangular pieces gather one next to another and make a path without destination on a flat map. Folding the map according to the dashed marks and gluing each side together, the space takes the volume where neither entrance nor exit allows the air flow. The most basic shape departed from four points multiplies in number and in volume with different sized lines and planes. The unlimited possibilities of (trans)formation, the elements keep building structures of all kinds of dimensions.


Boxes(the cube), 2014, – Ji Sun LEE(image source : Ji Sun LEE)

The upper side resembles its bottom and the shiny front side looks like the shadowed back side. Each of six identical planes composing the cube faces all a different direction. Unable to roll like a round ball, unwilling to point up the sky like a heavy pyramid, the cube makes a more secret voyage. A little one like a dice – a simple construction of dots distributed under six different orders on each of six façades – decides someone instant destiny once it’s thrown. A bigger one, which is simply called the cube, wears unorganized colors which get manipulated until all color pieces return to the place where they first were.


Puzzle(Nuit), 2013 – Ji Sun LEE(image source : Ji Sun LEE)

The cube without any windows never shows its inside. No trace of a handle to open or to close, no light coming out from inside. No one can tell whether it is empty like a balloon or full of substance which don’t even allow a water drop to penetrate inside. There may be a faceless person counting the uncertain dates, or a crouching doll waiting for the moment to surprise its new owner.


Mètres cubes, 2015, – Ji Sun LEE(image source : Ji Sun LEE)

On the limitless ground toward the horizon, cubes are constructed in various heights. Aligned one behind another, they make streets which stretch out larger and further to make a village. Pointy edge divides the walking road in two paths or it sometimes plays on the meeting of two people. Cubes, built and demolished from moment to moment, greet the passengers with their warmest memory or stay alone with abandoned souvenirs of past times. Like baobabs growing on the Little Prince’s tiny planet, people stand their own walls and take the roots around the cubic world, a temporal home where they bloom in the morning and set in the night.


Boxes(box with cover), 2014 – Ji Sun LEE(image source : Ji Sun LEE)

I unfold the cube to draw a map, then refold it to contain the space. Grabbing the little dice in one hand, I install a lamp in a square room from which stories would be born with another. Soon, I throw the dice and open the box where I put a memory inside and pull an imagination outside.



SONY DSCContributor, Lee Ji Sun

Lee Ji Sun is a young Korean artist, who does activity in Paris, France. CultureM Magazine releases her art works images by drawing, writing, video, photograph in every month. http://artleejisun.com/

이지선은 프랑스 파리를 중심으로 유럽에서 활동하는 젊은 한국여성작가이다. 회화, 비디오, 사진, 글 등의 다양한 매체로 작품활동을 하고 있는 그녀의 이야기를 컬쳐엠이 소개한다. http://artleejisun.com/

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