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Title: Prescient Partners: Alex Lin, Bong Lee, and Alexander Ho, from the series Jangdokdae
Date: 2015
Medium: Fiberglass reinforced plastic with acrylic paint
Edition 4/5
Dimensions: Part a (Alex Lin): 31 × 40 × 30 cm (12 3/16 × 15 3/4 × 11 13/16 inches) Part b (Bong Lee): 32 × 40 × 44 cm (12 5/8 × 15 3/4 × 17 5/16 inches) Part c (Alex Ho): 30 × 53 × 31 cm (11 13/16 × 20 7/8 × 12 3/16 inches)
Credit Line: Gift of Alexander Ho, Class of 1996, Bong Lee, and Alex Lin
Object Number: 2016.016 a-c
Label Text: Sculptor Yi Hwan Kwon distorts forms in the way that television programs or widescreen films sometimes do, and by rendering these two-dimensional images in three dimensions he skews the viewer’s perception of reality.

Yi’s sculptures have included depictions of isolated individuals that are extended vertically or horizontally. In this series, however, the human figures are compressed into the shape of a traditional jar used for making kimchi, called jangdokdae. The groupings of three individuals, each one about a foot high, emphasize their connections. The jangdokdae reference evokes familial ties, and the nostalgic image of a traditional household in Korea with its groups of jars of fermenting kimchi stored on the roof.

The Prescient Partners—Alex Lin from Taiwan, Bong Lee from Korea, and Alexander Ho ’96 from Hong Kong (left to right)—are three friends and business partners who share a love of collecting art. The objects that they hold express their individual personalities and interests in photography, the arts, and motor sports.

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