Lee Ufan is a Korean artist known for his minimalist work related to nature.
He mainly uses paper. Engraving was put aside for a long time, until he met Cahiers d’Art. He had kept the idea of making an engraving faithful to Emaki, a Japanese horizontal narrative system painted on very long paper. Master printer Micheal Woolworth was drawn to this project, which at first glance seemed impossible to realize, and Cahiers d’Art decided to produce this remarkable print.
Lee Ufan had the idea to make a five-metre long roll, but no press or dye is built for this kind of project. To do so, this project brought together the best French craftsmen and custom-made devices were built for the occasion. This project represents a little less than a year, between the design and the elaboration of the engravings. The artist was able to realize his dreams. He made two engravings, with two very different bills. The first one, very minimal, faithful to the zen spirit of the artist, while the other one much more expressive and tempestuous. This project is truly a technical feat.