On the Horizon


Collaborated with Chulma

Photo by Chulma and Hosu Lee

Jeju Island

Show commissioned by Sumokem Gallery at HillCrest 

South Korea (Sept-Dec 2017)

A line draws in a space where the sky and ocean meet.

We are standing on the highest looking at the magical compromise where the life of consciousness begins.

On the Horizon

Hosu Lee



This installation project has begun with our concerns about the space, wall, window and photography. What is the essence of photography as its functionality as an object? How can a three-dimensional space become multi-dimensional by manipulating our accustomed perspectives through the overlooked objects? What meaning can we bring forth to the audience through this installation art? We have investigated these questions during our journey to Jejudo in South Korea. 


We have found our interest in the geological contrast between the city of Daegu where our exhibition is held, and Jejudo. The city of Daegu lies in a basin inland surrounded by the mountain ranges, and Jejudo is a volcanic island, dominated by Mt. Halla in the center. First night in Jejudo, we have quickly realized the vast horizon over the sea, illuminated by the lights from Hanchi (cuttlefish) fleets. Hanchi is the indigenous seafood in Jejudo which thrives mainly in summer. These lights are so bright and abundant that can even be tracked from the space. From the windows in Daegu, we can see the plenty of trees and mountains; in contrast, from the coast of Jeju Island, there are illuminating dots that draw a beautiful curve dividing the sea from the sky, the earth from the space. We have begun to contemplate the curve in the distance, and look through the viewfinder as if we see through the window from Daegu. 


From a distance, we have found the intimate desire and curiosity over the horizon. Perhaps this intimate feeling has long-existed ever since the humanity had stood up and started to dream about reaching the infinite horizon. It is the boundary that splits dream and reality, and the illuminating dots exist on the horizon where the dream and reality meet. As the light photons have reached our lens from the horizon, we have sensed such the same feeling delivered to us from Hanchi fleets on the horizon. At that moment, we have realized that anywhere on spherical earth is on the horizon, the boundary between dream and reality. Our existences are the tension between the gravitational force that consistently pull us to the reality and the infinite possibilities that God has created in the universe. 


We aimed to deliver this feeling to Daegu by a series of photographs which creates a narrative story of our journey to understand the meaning of our existences on the horizon. We hope that our intention and the purpose of this installation bring an opportunity that the audience can see the horizon from the coast of Jejudo, and realize that they are also standing on the horizon in Daegu although the mountains surround the city. Also, we expect that the realization leads to the extent that each person is the center of the earth and the universe where one is exposed to every possibility within his/her imagination while standing on the horizon. 

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