Something You Can’t Leave Behind, 2017
The space that Lee Kit has used at the first glimpse looks rather empty. The space is not occupied. The artist decided - like in most of his practice - to do subtle interventions. The round windows of the rooms have been painted with a kind of varnish, in order to make the picturesque view from the window blurry. The paint is like an ointment curing the vision, like a gesture in order to make us experience the space. A little cupboard with different small things refers to daily rituals and habits. And finally there is delicate painting and a projection completing the whole installation. The works are modest and discrete at the service of the space. The works whisper and redefine the experience of the architecture.
Internationally esteemed Hong Kong based artist Lee Kit works against his education as a traditional painter, with every piece routed 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. Recent exhibitions include You(you)., representing Hong Kong at The 55th Venice Biennale; The Ungovernables New Museum Triennial, New York; No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern, London.