IMAGES from BO LEE's SOLO EXHBITION AT YONALUKY GALLERY in HEYRI ART VILLAGE SOUTH KOREA: IDOL WORSHIP
Idol Worship is a mixed media, video and drawing exhibition that discusses the role of “worship” in society. Whether it be religion, media, or whatever our vice may be, we tend to gravitate towards the unattainable, and completely lose sight of the original intent. One of the pieces, entitled “Ceramic Cross” is a piggy bank made of ceramic that has no hole to empty the bank. The only way to empty its contents is to break the symbolic bank. The bank in the shape of a cross symbolizing religion, and the act of breaking the bank in order to take back the money that was put in it means to break our notion of religion and church.
Another piece entitled “Cross with Axe” where a slab of wood, is covered with magazine articles, to represent the role “media” plays in our lives. Its painted with a cross and an axe stands next to the wooden slab, so to let the viewer interact with the piece and try to break it if so desired.
The cross or the crucifix is a constant symbol used in the exhibition, not only to symbolize religion and church, but our worship of just about anything. Our role is to examine these idols, and ask ourselves the meaning of its content within our society. Can we break out of the cycle that is presented to us, or do we live with the stigma that holds us?