Richard Tuttle, Homesick as a Nail, 1992

In the field of the dream….what characterizes the image is

it shows….. Our position in the dream is profoundly that of someone who does not see. The subject does not see where it is leading, he follows…. He may say to himself, It’s only a dream. But he does not apprehend himself as someone who says to himself—After all, I am the consciousness of this dream. 

-Jacques Lacan, 1964

One person can make work for twenty-five years, and in the middle, something happens, and there’s no relationship between the early and the late work….. We always want to think a human being has this connection, but the truth is the human being has no connection…. I’d really like to see the end of time or have an experience outside of time…. I’m not leading, I am following. I am following something that is happening. 

-Richard Tuttle, 1986, 1990

One critic says Lee Kang So "approaches the realm of the origin of painting, where truths and illusions are born. His paintings not only subvert the cliches of landscape genre, but also are simply paintings, clear and refreshing. With this series of new paintings, Lee draws out the very condition of painting, that is, contemplation on perception and consciousness, imagination and material." Lee Kang So's painting does remind us of the first paintings, like the Lascaux. They are representations of men and bison. They were illusions. And they meant something. And these are exactly what Lee's paintings don't have. They might look like ducks, but not necessarily. These brush marks can be ducks or geese or other things. They are not exactly illusions of any specific things. They don't symbolize or mean anything. There is no metaphor. They are there just as brushmarks that don't intend to be anything. This may be the very reason why they are there. Not to mean anything. To be nothing.