1978 · Hong Kong
Internationally esteemed Hong Kong based artist Lee Kit works against his education as a traditional painter, with every piece rooted in the process of its creation rather than the product. Lee covers fabrics with acrylic stripes, plaids and song lyrics with obsessive care. Each piece appears abstract and minimal in its simple execution, but not without a real world purpose upon completion. The hand painted cloths become picnic blankets, towels, tablecloths and window curtains. The works are infused into Lee’s life and memories, collecting stains and spirit in its everyday use. These paintings are then retired and displayed as testaments to the memories they witnessed, laden with more life and warmth than the stark ambience customary to minimal and conceptual art found in galleries today. Exhibitions include Lee Kit: Hold your breath, dance slowly, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Lee Kit: A small sound in your head, S.M.A.K., Ghent; You(you)., representing Hong Kong at The 55th Venice Biennale; The Ungovernables New Museum Triennial, New York; No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern, London.
Lee Kit (b. 1978, China) live and woks in Taipei, Taiwan. His work has been exhibited at the ArtSonje Center, Seoul, KR; AIKE, Shanghai, CN; Arrow Factory, Beijing, CN; Crane Gallery, Kaohsiung, CN; Casa Masaccio, Tuscany, IT ; Cattle Depot, Hong Kong, CN; The Cube, Taipei, CN; Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, NZ; Hara Museum, Tokyo, JP; Hong Kong Pavilion, The 55th Venice Biennale; Hong-gah Museum, Taipei, CN; Hospitality, Cologne, DE; Jane Lombard Gallery, Chelsea, NY; Lyon Biennial, FR; Massimo de Carlo, London, UK; MiArt, Milan, IT; Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, CN; Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, IE; Observation Society, Guangzhou, CN; OCAT, Shenzhen, CH; Osage Soho, Hong Kong, CN; Osage Gallery, Art Basel 42, CH; SH Contemporary Hot Sport, Shanghai, CN; ShugoArts, Tokyo, JP; TKG+, Taipei, CN; S.M.A.K. Ghent, BE; Western Front, Vancouver, CA and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.