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February 5, 2019
An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until February 25, 2019
As part of Gillman Barracks’ Art After Dark celebrations and in conjunction with Singapore Art Week 2019, Sullivan+Strumpf is excited to present Exploding Suns, a solo exhibition by acclaimed Chinese-Australian artist Lindy Lee.
Opening reception: Friday, 25 Jan 2019, 7pm
Artist talk: Sunday, 27 Jan 2019, 3pm
This major exhibition of Lee’s recent work marks her first solo show in Singapore, adding to an impressive exhibition history which includes group and solo exhibitions in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Japan, Beijing and Australia. The exhibition evokes a sense of deep time and will include new vast paper scroll works, singed and pierced by fire, large-scale flung bronze sculptures and freestanding bronze ‘Fire Stones’.
Time, in Lee’s work, is not the time of ticking clocks but the vast arc of time, phenomenological and experiential time of which we are all participants. Lee invokes this sense of deep time in bronze and works on paper which are innumerably pierced, singed by flame and soaked with water. As every scorched mark stands for an individual moment, the flung bronze works are also a register of a unique instant of time as in the Buddhist practice of flung ink – the absolute mark. So too, the large bronze Fire Stones, borne of the marriage of metal and spontaneous eruptions, speak to the infinite curve of time inherent to all life. They image the cosmos as the entirety of all things, all that has happened and everything that will happen, time endlessly unfurling. The expression of an individual life may seem ineffable in the light of this incomprehensible vastness, yet in their totality, each of our lives is a sentient unit of ontological time. Brought into existence by these remarkable conditions, Lee’s work reminds us of our position in the hugeness of time and the infinity within it.
About the Artist
Lee’s practice draws on her Chinese ancestry through Taoist and Buddhist philosophies, with a particular emphasis on humanity’s close relationship to nature and the universe. Over the last thirty years she has created a galaxy of imagery, often employing ideas of chance and spontaneity, in a continuous philosophical meditation on nature and life.
Intentionally slow, her works impart their secrets incrementally. Thoughtful meditative objects, as opposed to singular statements, meaning in Lee’s work emerges from sustained periods of looking and feeling, within which she focuses her concern on the ancient universe. Lee’s is ‘a grander vision of existence where the bonds of time are loosened and we are for a moment free’.
As a vital force within the Asia Pacific visual arts sector, Lindy Lee was a founding member of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney; board member of Artspace, Australian Centre for Photography, Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, the OzCo Australia Council Multicultural Advisory Committee; and Artist Trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales for nine years. This close engagement with the visual arts sector has included numerous leadership roles, including president and vice-president of Gallery 4A; and Head of Painting Studio, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.