Friendly Strangers Party, 2019 / by Michael Lee

Michael Lee,  Friendly Strangers Party  (detail), 2019, laser jet print on paper, 100 pennant flags of dimensions 25 x 18 cm each, part of the group exhibition “ONLY CONNECT Osaka”, 2019, curated by Yutaka Inagawa at Creative Center Osaka. Photo by Kiyohito Mikami.

Michael Lee, Friendly Strangers Party (detail), 2019, laser jet print on paper, 100 pennant flags of dimensions 25 x 18 cm each, part of the group exhibition “ONLY CONNECT Osaka”, 2019, curated by Yutaka Inagawa at Creative Center Osaka. Photo by Kiyohito Mikami.

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Friendly Strangers Party is a text-based installation that addresses hazy memory and fleeting encounters. It is an inventory of words or deeds of a select group of people whom the artist Michael Lee has met in his life. Almost always singular and brief, each meeting nonetheless lurks in the artist’s mind, though he is unable to confidently ascertain the strangers’ intentions or recall ever asking for their names. The work is realised as a collection of pennant flags bearing texts that refer to each encounter. Distilled into the present tense and appearing across both sides of a flag, each textual account reads like a campaign’s call to action. Together, the flags invite remixes and new readings of the interactions, and of a psychological party that is not ending anytime soon.

Michael Lee,  Friendly Strangers Party  (detail), 2019, laser jet print on paper, 100 pennant flags of dimensions 25 x 18 cm each, part of the group exhibition “ONLY CONNECT Osaka”, 2019, curated by Yutaka Inagawa at Creative Center Osaka. Photo by Kiyohito Mikami.

Michael Lee, Friendly Strangers Party (detail), 2019, laser jet print on paper, 100 pennant flags of dimensions 25 x 18 cm each, part of the group exhibition “ONLY CONNECT Osaka”, 2019, curated by Yutaka Inagawa at Creative Center Osaka. Photo by Kiyohito Mikami.

Michael Lee,  Friendly Strangers Party  (detail), 2019, laser jet print on paper, 100 pennant flags of dimensions 25 x 18 cm each, part of the group exhibition “ONLY CONNECT Osaka”, 2019, curated by Yutaka Inagawa at Creative Center Osaka. Photo by Kiyohito Mikami.

Michael Lee, Friendly Strangers Party (detail), 2019, laser jet print on paper, 100 pennant flags of dimensions 25 x 18 cm each, part of the group exhibition “ONLY CONNECT Osaka”, 2019, curated by Yutaka Inagawa at Creative Center Osaka. Photo by Kiyohito Mikami.

Michael Lee,  Friendly Strangers Party  (installation view), 2019, laser jet print on paper, 100 pennant flags of dimensions 25 x 18 cm each, part of the group exhibition “ONLY CONNECT Osaka”, 2019, curated by Yutaka Inagawa at Creative Center Osaka. Photo by Kiyohito Mikami.

Michael Lee, Friendly Strangers Party (installation view), 2019, laser jet print on paper, 100 pennant flags of dimensions 25 x 18 cm each, part of the group exhibition “ONLY CONNECT Osaka”, 2019, curated by Yutaka Inagawa at Creative Center Osaka. Photo by Kiyohito Mikami.