Creatif Compleks, 2018 by Michael Lee

 Michael Lee,  Creatif Compleks,  project in The Vitrine, NTU CCA Singapore, 17 March – 9 September 2018, installation view. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore. 

Michael Lee, Creatif Compleks, project in The Vitrine, NTU CCA Singapore, 17 March – 9 September 2018, installation view. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore. 

Details:

LED ropes and LED tubes, 195 x 315 x 55 cm (vitrine dimensions)

Developed during his residency at NTU CCA Singapore, Creatif Compleks (2018) is the culmination of Michael Lee’s reflection on the function of the artist’s studio within the arts ecology of a city. The work takes the form of a diagram about a hypothetical property development consisting of various configurations of the artist’s home/studio. The use of LED light strips, a popular fixture in advertising and interior design, alludes to latent apprehensions about the development and promotion of the arts in Singapore which today are, arguably, at a feverish pitch. Informed by myths and fantasies of artists in their studios, the work takes a speculative leap into the utopian and the absurd.

A Chat with Lee Sze-Chin by Michael Lee

 Lee Sze-Chin in the kitchen area of his HDB flat at Sengkang, which he was renovating into a home-cum-community-arts-space. Photo by Michael Lee, 2017.

Lee Sze-Chin in the kitchen area of his HDB flat at Sengkang, which he was renovating into a home-cum-community-arts-space. Photo by Michael Lee, 2017.

A Chat with Lee Sze-Chin
Sengkang, Singapore
Recorded January 12, 2017; Posted May 1, 2018

In this chat in his HDB flat, where renovation was in progress, at Sengkang, Singapore, the artist, art therapist and art educator Lee Sze-Chin shares with Michael Lee about what he saw as his "sheltered" childhood experiences; multiple formal trainings in art, nursing and art therapy; and his plan to renovate his HDB flat into a home and community arts space.

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More on the upcoming workshop under Silver Arts 2018: artsforall.sg/initiatives/silver…magic-markers.aspx

More on the interviewee: szechinlee.wixsite.com/portfolio

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"Making liminal matter", 2017 by Michael Lee

 Michael Lee, "Making liminal matter" (detail), 2017

Michael Lee, "Making liminal matter" (detail), 2017

Detail:

Essay / Text Contribution

Part of catalogue of Luke Heng's solo exhibition "After Asphodel", as documented in the catalogue (Singapore: Pearl Lam Galleries, 2017), n. p.

 

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"Home for the Damned", 2008 by Michael Lee

 Michael Lee, "Homes for the Damned" (detail), 2008

Michael Lee, "Homes for the Damned" (detail), 2008

Details:

Essay / Artist's Statement

Part of the catalogue of the art project, "The Consolations of Museology", as documented in Lilian Chee (Ed.), Foundations: The Consolations of Museology (Singapore: Studio Bibliotheque, 2008), pp. 1-8.

 

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"Making New, Again", 2015 by Michael Lee

 Michael Lee, "Making New, Again", 2015

Michael Lee, "Making New, Again", 2015

Details:

Essay

Part of catalogue of exhibition, Singapore as Unhomed: The Measure of Your Dwelling (Berlin: Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen, 2015), pp. 135-37, curated by Jason Wee.

 

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"what it is about when it is about nothing", 2015 by Michael Lee

 Installation view of "what it is about when it is about nothing", 2015, at Mizuma Gallery, Singapore, photo by Tan Hai Han.

Installation view of "what it is about when it is about nothing", 2015, at Mizuma Gallery, Singapore, photo by Tan Hai Han.

Details:

7 artists

Mizuma Gallery, Singapore

25 Sep - 25 Oct 2015

Michael Lee invites 7 sets of artists (Adeline Kueh, Ho Rui An, Homa Shajoie, Jennis Li Cheng Tien, Michael Lee, Perception3 and Robert Zhao) to exhibit works that relate with the nation-state of Singapore obliquely and reflectively.

 

Related: 

Catalogue

 

Texts:

randian

TODAY,

Lianhe Zaobao

Diagonals, 2014 by Michael Lee

 Installation view at "Machine for (Living) Dying In", Yavuz Fine Art, Singapore: Michael Lee,  Slab ;  Diagonals,  2014, photo by Ken Cheong.

Installation view at "Machine for (Living) Dying In", Yavuz Fine Art, Singapore: Michael Lee, Slab; Diagonals, 2014, photo by Ken Cheong.

 Installation view at "Machine for (Living) Dying In", Yavuz Fine Art, Singapore: Michael Lee,  Slab ;  Diagonals ;  Hazard No. 1 ;  Script for an Unperformed Performance No. 1 , all 2014, photo by Ken Cheong.

Installation view at "Machine for (Living) Dying In", Yavuz Fine Art, Singapore: Michael Lee, Slab; Diagonals; Hazard No. 1; Script for an Unperformed Performance No. 1, all 2014, photo by Ken Cheong.

Details:

Emulsion on wall, polyurethane on PVC, enamel on galvanized iron, 294 x 650 cm. 

The artwork title describes the black-and-yellow stripes rendered on the wall and PVC curtains that together form a paradox: a hazard symbol that is visible only upon passing through.

 

Related:

Catalogue

 

Exhibitions: 

starprojects, Hong Kong

Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Yavuz Fine Art, Singapore

 

Press: 

Artinfo

Artling;

Arts Republik;

Gallery & Studio;

Singapore Architect; 

Straits Times

TODAY

"Skeletal Retreat" series, 2013-2014 by Michael Lee

 Installation view at "Some Detours: Michael Lee", 2013, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany: AROUND PILLAR: Michael Lee, Skeletal Retreat No. 1, 2013, emulsion and aluminium hollow section, 125 x 230 x 235 cm, Ed. 1 / 3 + 1 AP; ON WALL: Michael Lee, selections from the series "Dwelling", 2013, acrylic on canvas, various dimensions, photos by Ute Klein.

Installation view at "Some Detours: Michael Lee", 2013, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany: AROUND PILLAR: Michael Lee, Skeletal Retreat No. 1, 2013, emulsion and aluminium hollow section, 125 x 230 x 235 cm, Ed. 1 / 3 + 1 AP; ON WALL: Michael Lee, selections from the series "Dwelling", 2013, acrylic on canvas, various dimensions, photos by Ute Klein.

 Installation view at "Some Detours: Michael Lee", at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, 2013: ON PILLAR: Michael Lee,  Skeletal Retreat No. 1 , 2013, emulsion on aluminium and plastic, 125 x 230 x 235 cm. ON WALL: Michael Lee, selections from the series "Dwelling", 2013, acrylic on canvas, various sizes on 1:50 scale. Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, photo by Ute Klein.

Installation view at "Some Detours: Michael Lee", at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, 2013: ON PILLAR: Michael Lee, Skeletal Retreat No. 1, 2013, emulsion on aluminium and plastic, 125 x 230 x 235 cm. ON WALL: Michael Lee, selections from the series "Dwelling", 2013, acrylic on canvas, various sizes on 1:50 scale. Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, photo by Ute Klein.

 

Details:

Emulsion on aluminium square hollow section tube and plastic joints, dimensions variable.

This series of treehouse frameworks hovers about architectural elements: around a pillar, off a corner. Abstracted down to 3D drawings, these frameworks are aimed at stirring imaginations of solitary spaces.

 

Texts: 

Helene Lundbye Petersen, BE, 2013

"Revision Exercise" series, 2011-2012 by Michael Lee

 Installation view at "Art Stage Singapore 2012", Marina Bay Sands Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore: Michael Lee,  Revision Exercise No. 2  (view of audience interaction), 2012, digital print on magnetic sheet and on vinyl stickers mounted on galvanised steel sheet, 3-sided walls totalling 400 x 1600 cm, presented by Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, photo by Tan Hai Han.

Installation view at "Art Stage Singapore 2012", Marina Bay Sands Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore: Michael Lee, Revision Exercise No. 2 (view of audience interaction), 2012, digital print on magnetic sheet and on vinyl stickers mounted on galvanised steel sheet, 3-sided walls totalling 400 x 1600 cm, presented by Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, photo by Tan Hai Han.

Installation view at "Machine for (Living) Dying In", Yavuz Fine Art, Singapore: Michael Lee, Slab; Diagonals; Hazard No. 1; Script for an Unperformed Performance No. 1, all 2014, photo by Ken Cheong.

"Second-Hand City" series, 2010-2011 by Michael Lee

  Karmastica Republic (after Tomoyuki Tanaka) , 2011.

Karmastica Republic (after Tomoyuki Tanaka), 2011.

  Spiral Supermart (after Brodsky & Utkin) , 2010.

Spiral Supermart (after Brodsky & Utkin), 2010.

  No Unturned Stone (after Nicholas Felton) , 2011.

No Unturned Stone (after Nicholas Felton), 2011.

 Installation view at "Art Stage Singapore 2011", Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 2011: Michael Lee,  No Unturned Stone , 2011;  Shishitv Tower , 2010, from the series "Second-Hand City", presented by Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore, photo by Michael Lee.

Installation view at "Art Stage Singapore 2011", Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 2011: Michael Lee, No Unturned Stone, 2011; Shishitv Tower, 2010, from the series "Second-Hand City", presented by Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore, photo by Michael Lee.

  Shishitv Tower (after David Attenborough) , 2010.

Shishitv Tower (after David Attenborough), 2010.

 Installation view of "The 8th Shanghai Biennale 2010", Shanghai Art Museum, 2010: ON TABLE: Michael Lee,  The World Exposition , 2009-10, paper board and glue, various sizes on 1:1000 scale; ON WALLS: Michael Lee,  Spiral Supermart ,  Shishitv Tower ,  era-SERS ,  EcoFlyer  and  Island Square , from the series "Second-Hand City", 2010, photo by Michael Lee. 

Installation view of "The 8th Shanghai Biennale 2010", Shanghai Art Museum, 2010: ON TABLE: Michael Lee, The World Exposition, 2009-10, paper board and glue, various sizes on 1:1000 scale; ON WALLS: Michael Lee, Spiral Supermart, Shishitv Tower, era-SERS, EcoFlyer and Island Square, from the series "Second-Hand City", 2010, photo by Michael Lee. 

  EcoFlyer (after Al Gore) , 2010.

EcoFlyer (after Al Gore), 2010.

  Island Square (after Chris Ware) , 2010.

Island Square (after Chris Ware), 2010.

  Cropped City (after M Night Shanyamalan) , 2010.

Cropped City (after M Night Shanyamalan), 2010.

  Halved Hay House (after Italo Calvino) , 2010.

Halved Hay House (after Italo Calvino), 2010.

 Installation view at "Art Stage Singapore", Marina Bay Sands, 2011: ON WALLS: Michael Lee,  Island Square ,  EcoFlyer ,  era-SERS ,  Halved Hay House ,  Cropped City , all 2010,  Karmastica Republic ,  No Unturned Stone,  both   2011, from the series "Second-Hand City"; ON PLINTHS: Michael Lee, selection from the series "Monuments to Everything Else", presented by Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore, photo by Michael Lee.

Installation view at "Art Stage Singapore", Marina Bay Sands, 2011: ON WALLS: Michael Lee, Island Square, EcoFlyer, era-SERS, Halved Hay House, Cropped City, all 2010, Karmastica Republic, No Unturned Stone, both 2011, from the series "Second-Hand City"; ON PLINTHS: Michael Lee, selection from the series "Monuments to Everything Else", presented by Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore, photo by Michael Lee.

  Paradise Now (after Gaston Bachelard) , 2010.

Paradise Now (after Gaston Bachelard), 2010.

 Installation view at "Safe Place for the Future II", Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, 2012: Michael Lee,  No Unturned Stone , 2011;  EcoFlyer ,  Island Square ,  Spiral Supermart , all 2010, from the series "Second-Hand City", photo by Michael Lee.

Installation view at "Safe Place for the Future II", Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, 2012: Michael Lee, No Unturned Stone, 2011; EcoFlyer, Island Square, Spiral Supermart, all 2010, from the series "Second-Hand City", photo by Michael Lee.

Details:

Digital print on paper, 123 x 123 cm, Set of 10, Ed. of 10 + 1 AP.

Melding science fiction with cultural theory, this series of architectural posters imagines the birth, life and death cycles of imaginary buildings and cities.

 

Exhibitions:

"What a Wonderful World", Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan, 2012

"Safe Place for the Future II", Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand, 2012

"2nd APBF Signature Art Prize Finalists Exhibition", Singapore Art Museum, 2011-2012

"Art Stage Singapore 2011", Marina Bay Sands Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore, 2011

"Beyond LKY", Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore, 2010

 

Texts:

Ashley Lee, AsiaArtPacific, 2011