Light Paintings / AUSTIN LEE
Duration：NOVEMBER 8, 2016 - DECEMBER 17, 2016
Address：Building 2, Lane 298 Anfu Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China
BANK is proud to present Austin Lee’s Light Paintings for it’s new Shanghai venue’s inaugural exhibition.
NYC-based Austin Lee has become internationally known for concretizing the experience of living life through screens in the traditional medium of painting. Lee drafts his idiosyncratic pictures on an iPad then transfers them to paintings and drawings using airbrush and conventional painting techniques. The resulting compositions see subtle shifts play out between the hand and digital, the computerized and corporeal that has become emblematic of our time. Lee’s cartoon-esque characters, rendered in abstract, puffy forms and razor sharp lines, are often humorous and haunting, familiar and alien. They are the bi-product of the artist’s subconscious train of thought winding through endless associations of the quotidian and fantastical, the screen world and reality. Lee monumentalizes a new way of visualizing the world mediated by application filters and bold images, one in which the human spirit is not in recess but actively at play, domesticating the digital.
Light Paintings presents a collection of Lee’s most recent paintings, drawings, and 3-D printed sculptures. ‘Light’ refers to the age-old formal quandary of creating the illusion of light upon a two dimensional surface. From Caravaggio’s chiaroscuro to Rothko’s Chapel paintings, the representation of light has mesmerized and confounded painters since the discipline’s inception. For Lee ‘light’ is not the ‘emanation of God’s spirit’ that Turner so passionately preached but the plush electronic light of touch-screen-technology that, in effect, has become the beacon of salvation for our information age. In these works conventional subjects are rendered in unconventional light — a light that doesn't simply bask the subject but instead illuminates it from within like our electronic screens. ‘Light’ not only refers to the light of the machine but also refers to the antidote of consumer culture and its excessive tendencies: light cigarettes, light soda; light music. Light Paintings are easier to understand and to ‘like’, they are less filling and lightly express the profundity of the superficial.
Austin Lee (b.1983) lives and works in New York. He received an MFA in Painting from Yale School of Art and a BFA from Tyler School of Art. He has since staged several solo exhibitions in the US and Europe. He was included in M WOODS, Beijing’s Full of Peril and Weirdness: Painting as a Universalism, 2015 as well as projects at the Tate Modern, London. His work is currently showcased at Juxtapoz x Superflat curated by Takeshi Murakami at Vancouver Art Gallery. His work has been championed and curated by artists like Takeshi Murakami, Peter Saul and Marylin Minter and written about in Art in America, ARTnews, New York Magazine, Leap, Time Out New York and London, The NY Observer, Hyperallergic, Black Book, Kaleidoscope Magazine, The Spectator, and Rhizome.
展期：2016/11/8 – 2016/12/17
奥斯汀·李（1983年出生）工作生活于纽约。他从泰勒艺术学院获得学士学位，耶鲁大学艺术学院获得硕士学位。此后他在美国和欧洲数次举办个展。他的作品曾参与北京M WOODS美术馆2015年的“险怪：绘画的普世性”展览；也曾展出于伦敦泰特现代美术馆；目前，其作品正展出于温哥华美术馆由村上隆策展的“Juxtapoz x Superflat”展览。他的创作曾被村上隆，彼得·索尔和玛丽莲·明特等艺术家钦点、受邀参展，被Art in America，ARTnews，纽约时报，艺术界， Time Out 纽约和伦敦，纽约观察者，Hyperallergic，Black Book，Kaleidoscope Magazine，旁观者，以及 Rhizome报道。