ShugoArts

LEE Kit

Not untitled

2017.4.15 Sat - 5.20 Sat

Opening hours: 11:00 – 19:00, Tue. to Sat.
Closed on Sun. Mon and public holidays

Opening Party: April 15 Sat, from 4pm
Venue: ShugoArts

LEE Kit >>

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Lee Kit was born in Hong Kong in 1978. Currently based in Taipei, Lee has taken part in residency programs in Asia, the U.S., and Europe, and continues to show his work at museums, galleries, and art spaces. In 2013, he was chosen by M+ (a museum in Hong Kong’sThe West Kowloon Cultural District) to represent Hong Kong in the 2013 Venice Biennale. Lee’s installation, making the most of the interior and garden of the pavilion, made a strong impression on many in the art world and helped him expand his international sphere of activity. While simultaneously holding solo shows at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, U.S.A.) and S.M.A.K. (Ghent, Belgium) last year, Lee began 2017 with a show at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and residencies in Katmandu and Paris, prompting widespread acclaim for these exhibits, marked by a wealth of action and continuity.

 

Deftly incorporating paintings, drawings, projections, videos, furniture, household utensils, and other everyday items, Lee’s installations demonstrate the artist’s intention to radically expand the framework of painting. For example, one of Lee’s early series, called Hand Painted , was realized when the paintings, executed on pieces of fabric, were introduced into daily life. Used as everyday items such as curtains, tablecloths, and pillowcases, the works exude a that deviates from the standard Western context. Moreover, they are inseparably linked to Lee’s way of life, including his sympathy for the civil rights movement in his homeland of Hong Kong, and his constant efforts to confront various social and political problems that are occurring in the world today.

 

Japanese viewers may remember the installation Lee showed at Shiseido Gallery in 2015. The title of the solo exhibition, The voice behind me, was inspired by Lee’s notion that Tokyo residents’ desires were unconsciously by someone else’s voice, creating a kind of hysteria in the city. As in the past, Lee will produce the work while living in Tokyo. It is interesting to think that Lee, an artist at the forefront of a world subject to constant and drastic change, will incorporate the feelings and ideas he has in Tokyo in his work.

 

In this exhibition, Not untitled (one of Lee’s best titles, filled with ironic logic), the artist uses several walls to partition the gallery and create a maze. He uses his projector paintings to cast a net over the fragmented space, stitches everything together, and even includes the viewer’s shadow in the mix. The gallery is transformed into Lee’s canvas, a space that induces dizziness.

 

On this occasion, we are also pleased to announce that Lee is in the process of a six-month interview project with his old friend, the editor Andrew Maerkle.

We appreciate your coming to Lee Kit’s fourth solo show in Tokyo and his third at ShugoArts with your friends.

Shugo Satani, ShugoArts

 

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LEE Kit >>

LEE Kit Works >>

Solo exibition “The more I ignore you, the closer you get” The Cube Project Space (Taipei) >>

LEE Kit partisipate “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace” Palais de Tokyo >>