Javier León Pérez, Infinite Ornament
26.03.23 — 29.04.23
Opening 26.03.23, en présence de l'artiste 

Infinite Ornament, the new exhibition of the artist Javier León Pérez (b.1977, Spain) at Lee-Bauwens Gallery propose a personal revision of the pictorial genre of landscape through paper, using mainly an abstract formality.

The structure of the universe influences our way of philosophizing and feeling the universe”  Universe as a work of art - John D. Barrow

Javier León Pérez titled this project Infinite Ornament because it refers to the cosmic order brought to a closer environment and that ultimately find a correlation to our own mental environments. Ornament like the word Cosmos have the same Greek root that refers to order.  The ornament is a formula to order and encompass a specific space and its purpose is to beautify it. The use of the repetition of elements are present following different types of progressions and forms closely related to the times, the geographical area and above all with the way of thinking of the moment. In this way, his work proposes an organic and fractal way of ordering light through the paper, filtering and coloring it where the repetition of formal elements is present. Each artwork is conceived as a part of a whole unit and which, in turn, are capable of being repeated infinitely.

Originally from Seville and trained at the École des Beaux-Arts there, Javier León Pérez specialised in ceramics and sculpture before completing a research MA in art and production at the Complutense University of Madrid.`


Infinite Ornament, la nouvelle exposition de l'artiste Javier León Pérez (né en 1977 en Espagne) à la Lee-Bauwens Gallery, propose une révision personnelle du genre pictural du paysage à travers le papier, en utilisant principalement une formalité abstraite.

"La structure de l'univers influence notre façon de philosopher et de ressentir l'univers" L'univers en tant qu'œuvre d'art - John D. Barrow

Javier León Pérez a intitulé ce projet Infinite Ornament, car il fait référence à l'ordre cosmique apporté à un environnement plus proche et qui, en fin de compte, trouve une corrélation avec nos propres environnements mentaux. Ornement comme le mot Cosmos ont la même racine grecque qui se réfère à l'ordre.  L'ornement est une formule qui permet d'ordonner et d'englober un espace spécifique et dont le but est de l'embellir. L'utilisation de la répétition d'éléments est présente suivant différents types de progressions et de formes étroitement liées à l'époque, à la zone géographique et surtout à la façon de penser du moment. Ainsi, son travail propose une manière organique et fractale d'ordonner la lumière à travers le papier, de la filtrer et de la colorer où la répétition d'éléments formels est présente. Chaque œuvre est conçue comme une partie d'une unité globale qui, à son tour, peut être répétée à l'infini.

Originaire de Séville et formé à l'École des Beaux-Arts de cette ville, Javier León Pérez s'est spécialisé dans la céramique et la sculpture avant d'obtenir une maîtrise de recherche en art et production à l'Université Complutense de Madrid.

© Javier León Pérez, Cydonia # 17 - Time and space, Three dimension collage japanese paper on canvas, color ink and pigment with layer of varnish, 100 x 80 x 10 cm, 2023 © Photo Sebastian Schutyser

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As a meeting point between Asia and Europe, Lee-Bauwens has been introducing and connecting the two cultures in the art scene by representing influential artists from both worlds. Prominent Korean artists such as Chun Kwang-Young, Nam Tchun-Mo, Kim Hyun-Sik, Moon-Pil Shim and Meekyoung Shin were introduced to the Belgian public for the first time, and talented emerging artists such as Jiana Kim, Sunghong Min and Jukhee Kwon were discovered and nurtured in their growth. Likewise, the works of Aurelie Nemours, Ode Bertrand, Maurice Frydman, Paola Pezzi, Javier León Pérez, Esther Stocker and Lucas Leffler were introduced in Korea through various exhibition programs.

Having worked as a curator at the Asia Museum in Korea, Minyoung Lee works closely with art institutions and museums. In 2022, Minyoung Lee coordinate with the curators Yongwoo Lee, Manuela Luca-Dazio and Boghossian Fondation for, Times Reimagined, Solo Show of Chun Kwang Young as a Collateral Event of 59th Venice Biennale.

In an ongoing effort to bring the two worlds closer, in 2019, Min Young Lee-Bauwens collaborated at the seminal exhibition Brussels in SongEun: Imagining Cities Beyond Technology 2.0 to commemorate the official visit of the King of Belgium to Korea. And the gallery also partnered in holding René Magritte, The Revealing Image, Photos & Films exhibition at two different Korean museums (Ground & Wooyang).

Lee-Bauwens Gallery hopes to always be an open and intimate space where artists, collectors, and institutions may communicate freely sharing what touches them most deeply today in contemporary art, reflecting on what has happened, and experimenting on what’s to come.