Korean artist Lee Bul’s multifaceted artistic practice spans more than 20 years, encompassing drawing, performance, sculpture, installation and video. She is recognised for her technically precise, futuristic sculptures and architecturally influenced, large-scale, immersive installations.
Lee Bul’s works deal with visionary narratives, and themes such as the legacy of modernism, the potential of technology, gender and sexuality, the limits of the human body and its interface with the mechanistic, the role of popular culture in the formation of identity, and humankind’s obsession with perfection.
In recent years, Lee Bul has engaged more deeply with the exploration of social structures and ideas surrounding our pursuit of utopia through increasingly large-scale installations that incorporate significant structural elements, often referencing science fiction and the innovations of modernity.
Diluvium is her architectural installation, shown at the Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) in London, with a former name for glacial drift. Apparently alluding to icebergs floating imperceptibly across the ocean, Bul created a sculptural monochromatic composition barely distinguishable from its surroundings. She covered the walls in sheets of silver vinyl, reflective and dramatic, and zigzagged strips of the material.
The installation invited the viewer to enter a space that is filled with echoes of the familiar, yet at the same time is surreal and alien; to traverse the threshold and become lost for a moment in a world that offers a glimpse of an alternate reality, or, perhaps, a possible future.