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Prophecy in arts shown in Ha Lee’s art series of “Pretty Dictators Vs. Pretty Leaders” at SB D Gallery in East Village, NYC.
Art reflects the philosophy of the age.
Art records the voice of the era.
Art influences the history in the making…
And a lot of times, art foresees the decades in coming.
Like shown in Ha Lee‘s two specific pieces of art series, “Pretty Dictators Vs. Pretty Leaders” that are being presented at SB D Gallery in East Village, NYC from April 30th till May 20th, 2011, the innocent coincidence brought upon serendipity.
His project is to highlight and emphasize on world peace regardless agenda, ideology, religion, race and beyond, however, it happened to have predicted the ending of hunt for Osama Bin Laden (March 10, 1957 – May 2, 2011), the founder of al-Qaeda, the organization responsible for the September 11 attacks on the United States.
These two specific pieces, Osama Bin Laden and President Obama, were done months prior to the historic death of Osama Bin Laden. Ha Lee selected nine top political figures in his series, and Obama and Bin Laden are parts of them.
There was no speculating metaphor beyond the surface according to Ha Lee. President Obama is cartoonized as Rambo, the hit Americian action hero in the movie directed by George P. Cosmatos and Sylvester Stallone starred in 1985 while Bin Laden is disguised in the biblical theme when he is muslim. Pretty unusual and paradoxic choices of theme Ha Lee made which are also found in the rest seven other political figures in his series.
It seemed to be nothing more complicated than art itself, at least until this year’s one of the world’s biggest breaking news of Osama Bin Laden’s death on May 2, 2011; a day after Ha Lee’s “Pretty Dictators Vs. Pretty Leader” exhibition opening recepted at SB D Gallery in NYC on April 30th, 2011.
The more you look at the art pieces, the more complexed it gets.
What you see is what it may not be, and what it may be is what you don’t see.
Well no art can be fully depicted in words as it delivers emotions rather than logics. If you are trying to get the most making sense out of Ha Lee’s series, yes, I wish you the best luck.
Art is prophetic and repeating itself…
“Pretty Dictators Vs. Pretty Leaders” by Ha Lee, illustrating Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi, President Obama, North Korean dictator Kim Jungil, Osama Bin Laden and more at SB D Gallery in East Village, New York City, 2011.
“Pretty Dictators Vs. Pretty Leaders” by Ha Lee will be presented at SB D Gallery from April 30th till May 20, 2011.
Ha Lee, former editorial cartoonist in Korea now based in Texas as a fine artist, portraits his belief in humanism through this sampling of dictators and leaders around the world with his paradoxic method. Lee believes that no human being is born as a dictator but only raised as one.
The arts are combination of digital and analog process, created first digitally and then printed on canvas to be hand-sewn to result in 3 dimensional effect. Each work is 30″ x 40″ big. Crossing over those two contrary environments, digital and analog, Lee tries to illustrate the embalance and dissonance of ideologies in life. Rather humaine than political voice of Ha Lee is embedded with each piece, the dictator of Lybya Muammar Gadhafi, President Obama, Osama Bin Laden, President Lee, North Korean dictator Jung Il Kim and so on.
As one last ‘pretty’ personal comment, let’s not forget about THE PRETTIEST DICTATOR, that no one may overpower… The Mother Nature… (all our prayers and thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this horrific disaster…)