I was so relieved when I spotted the little rocking horse in the corner of this photograph because it gave me the excuse I needed to showcase Korean artist Jee Young Lee ‘s work on Counter-Canter Culture.
Her show of exquisite installations called Stage of Mind will be put on view in France from February 7 to March 7 2014 in the OPIOM Gallery in Opio, France. Working in a tiny 11.8 x 13.4 x 7.8-foot studio Lee painstakingly constructs her dreamscapes so that no later digital effects are required when they are photographed with a large format camera. According to Lee, her work is inspired by her personal life and old Korean folk tales. Enjoy these and head to Sploid, Gizmodo’s spin-off blog if you want to see even more.
Since I sort of pulled a fast one slipping Stage of Mind into this week’s column, I include the following story on the grounds that you don’t get more authentic equestrian art than this.
According to Discovery News, ” Art collectors are quickly snapping up paintings created by a former racing horse, with some aficionados comparing the works to those of famous abstract expressionists.”
When bad knees ended his racing career, Metro Meteor was adopted by Ron Krajewski, an artist who lives in Gettysburg, Pa., and his wife, Wendy. They soon found Metro’s knees were so bad he couldn’t be trail ridden and according to a vet, the horse had two years left at best. Read the rest of the story here, to find how Ron was inspired to teach Metro to paint. The results were so good he was soon the best selling artist in Gallery 30 in Gettysburg. Half the money goes to successful experimental treatment for his knees and the rest to the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, which helps retired thoroughbreds find homes and get new careers.