In its subtle interplay of elements and setting, Ufan’s new work builds on ideas that permeated previous artworks in the series, as well as the artist’s own ongoing exploration of materiality and difference. Comprised of two, angled, mirrored, steel sheets and two different-sized stones, 'Relatum – Stage' will merge the natural and industrial in a poetic installation that reflects the surrounding environment of the Park. In focusing on the precise conceptual and spatial juxtaposition of his materials, Ufan seeks to find a balance that heightens the moment of encounter, allowing us to see ‘the world as it is’.
"The highest level of expression is not to create something from nothing, but rather to nudge something that already exists so that the world shows up more vividly." Lee Ufan
In 2010, the Serpentine brought new sculpture to Kensington Gardens for the first time in 35 years, presenting Anish Kapoor’s 'Turning the World Upside Down', in collaboration with The Royal Parks.
In celebration of this new commission, Lee Ufan will be in conversation with Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director, Hans Ulrich Obrist, on 6 February at 6pm, at the Korean Cultural Centre UK. Click here for further details.