Lee Wan, 5.06 kg No. 04/60 (detail), 2011, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Lee Wan

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Lee Wan, 5.06 kg No. 04/60 (detail), 2011, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Adding to the characteristics that potentially qualify art objects as such—quality notwithstanding—it seems that weight has finally made the list. For the series “How to become us,” 2011, Lee Wan made assemblages using found objects under one condition—that each work weigh the same. Implementing this purely quantitative register as an artistic norm, Lee engages in a critique of standardized value systems in general. The artist collected sixty random used or discarded objects (mostly from secondhand stores in central Seoul), added up the weight of all the objects, then divided it by the number of items, thus determining the average weight for each to be 5.06 kilograms. In the spirit of equal distribution, Lee then ruthlessly divided or combined all the objects into entities weighing 5.06 kilograms each; some had to be brutally cut into pieces (e.g., a refrigerator

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