‘This project is an exploration to find a concealed aesthetic by using the pattern formed by the roads of the city which have been growing and evolving randomly through time, thus composing the complex configuration we experience today.
I perceive the city’s patterns as living creatures that I recompose to form an urban image’
Lee Jang Sub
In a world where simplicity, order and minimalism are preferred over all others characteristic, Lee Jang Sub stands out from the crowd. He declare that his talent arises from complexity.
This artist was born and raised in Korea, and he’s now working in Seoul. Lee supposes that intricacy is not uneasiness and disorder but rich aesthetic possibility and creative energy. He’s doing an experiment on this idea in various mediums.
The ComplexCity project
From his original idea, Lee Jang Sub find out that he can find the same complexity he loves in the map all around the world: over time the cities have organically grown and formed intricate patterns. In the growing map of Seoul, Paris, Rome, Moscow and Tokyo he considered only their figurative form. To him it seems not important their geographical place, or their inhabitants or their historic characteristic, but he only considered their transportation system, as a scientist with his phial. And as a biological sample, the ComplexCity project recall natural forms, they take on the appearance of of something from nature. These elaborate mappings of roads and highways mimic the venation patterns in leaves and the rhizomatic configurations of tree branches, creating delicate organic filigree structures in a range of different mediums, including light.
‘ComplexCity’ pattern which has been developed for years is also being applied to the lighting design. His pattern of ‘ComplexCity’ enlightened with backlit which makes the pattern of lighting most effectively.
Lee Jang Sub found a meaningful material for the lighting: the ‘Hanji’. It’s paper made up with rice in a traditional Korean technique. Though it’s a fragile surface, Hanji carries the message which has been communicated through his works of natural textures with its remarkable translucency and diffusivity. He also create a special ink for himself to enhance the effects of this lamps and promote the value of his maps.