This work is a pictographic manifestation of a man who looks into the future through a telescope while perched on his suitcase. The surface texture of the 3D pictogram suggestive of digital pixels symbolizes the spatiotemporal transcendence using geometric patterns found in jogakbo (traditional Korean patchwork used for wrapping cloth). This signifies altered human bodies, record methods, and a new recognition system. Such a geometric and symbolic treatment of the surface reminds us of our intricately entangled everyday lives in our information-oriented society. Just as Goethe once remarked that “The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious,” all visitors of Paradise City are expected to have an opportunity to realize their potential which lies innate within themselves.
As a leading artist of Korean media art, Lee Yong-baek has constantly searched for themes and methods of expression. Lee used to state that every artist needs to tirelessly make new attempts in order to turn their work into something meaningful. His experimental spirit is found in every work he has displayed in all of his exhibitions. Lee has repeated his own experiments, crossing the borders of sculpture, painting, and media art without being wed to any one medium or genre. His recent solo show held in Korea featured seven sculptures, installations, and videos made of diverse materials such as mirrors, aluminum, motors, and absorbing materials, perceiving aspects of today in which the absurd is considered the normal.