GODRET STONE, 1956-60, SEUNG-TEAK LEE, STONE, STRING. 250 X 150 CM. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, KOREA. IMAGE COURTESY THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART KOREA © THE ARTIST. – TAASA Review September 2011
Another Quac work, which, like those above, appears in the 1976 and present exhibition, is Thing and Thing 1975.
Quac used water to inscribe a circle on stretched Hanji paper (Korean mulberry paper) and then pushed the circle slightly out of the paper.
From a distance, it appears as though there is a circle of ink on a sheet of paper but the effect is created by the separated circle hanging by tiny fibers from the main piece of paper. Lee Seung Teak’s Godret Stone, in which rocks are hung from a loom, creates a similar illusion: the concept of hard stone being challenged by the string looped round a carved central groove in each rock giving the impression of malleability. Lee U-Fan is the leading theoretical proponent of Mono-ha (school of things)...