Ahn Soyeon, ed., Hyungkoo Lee: The Homo Species, Yongin: Specter Press, 2007. Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name, presented at the Korean Pavilion, 52nd International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Offset printing, sewn and clothed hardback binding, page size 210 x 276 mm, 96 pp. Printed and bound by Top Process.
With essays by Ahn Soyeon, Joël Egloff, and Choe Jae Chun.
ISBN 978-89-957810-8-1 97600
Text in English, French and Korean
35,000 won (29.55 euros)
The book is structured along the two broad categories of Lee Hyungkoo’s work: optical devices and fictitious fossil skeleton sculptures. The former exude an air of absurd precision and sinister obsession, while the pseudo-evolutionist sculptures in the latter category could plausibly be exhibits in a parallel universe’s natural history museum. The dual structure is reflected by the two different typographic styles employed in the book: the clean, almost hygienic Swiss modernism and the archaic, centered arrangement loosely based on the typography of the first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.