iPRECIATION presetns a second solo exhibition of Singapore’s foremost multidisciplinary artist Lee Wen from 28th October – 21st November 2015. Following on from his successful inaugural solo exhibition at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014, “Songs Unsung” is a selection of works and ideas that reveal the hidden, intimate and lesser exposed productions of the artist’s wide ranging repertoire. These works reflect the processes related to his famous performances or installations and ephemeral works within the post-modern and currency of contemporary art trends.
This exhibition will showcase works from 1990 – 2015 that includes drawings, paintings and limited edition fine art photography taken from Lee’s performances in Kyoto (1995) and Chicago (2013). In this exhibition, there are two early paintings titled “Crucifixion” and “Hard Rain” where Lee’s performative gestures are rendered through the act of painting that is expressive and fraught with personal commentaries. The paintings were executed in thick quick brushstrokes, as a means of communication and exercise in manifesting the metaphysical.
“Songs Unsung” reveals works and ideas that have been hidden in the recesses of the artist’s mind and unexposed to the world, but now have been taken forward for sharing by the artist. These works were curated in a deliberate attempt to break against the grain of curatorial trends, the performances were born out of personal experiences which touched upon his humanity and this presentation is a humble desire to share and reach out with open sincerity based on inner reflection as well as external explorations of social repercussions. With this understanding of Lee’s artistic practice and beliefs, these simple but strong ideas are testament to Lee’s standing in the history of Singapore’s art development and a true pioneer of contemporary and performance art in Singapore.
- Call of the Red, 2013