b. 1978, Hong Kong, China; lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan.
The trans-disciplinary practice of Lee Kit incorporates painting, moving-image and readymade objects along with other intangible elements such as light and sound to create poetic reflections on his everyday surroundings and experiences. Often the paintings will be ‘finished’ with a social interaction that impacts the surface of the work. After painting fabrics by hand, Lee will bring them into the public sphere as functional items such as tablecloths, curtains or picnic blankets. Such events may be contextually related to political events of the time, such as the SARS epidemic, whereby people were restricted from gathering and so the fabric becomes a marker of such a moment, imbibing the work with a social resonance beyond the representational. Lee's practice has increasingly expanded to include object-based installations that the artist calls 'settings'. Much of Lee's practice is about conveying an internal state however - loss, sadness or boredom, which despite contextual specificities, engenders a universal, human quality to his works.
Lee Kit's recent exhibitions include Retain a desolate face, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei City (2022); Lovers on the Beach, West Den Haag, Den Haag (2021); Today is the Past of Tomorrow, Two-person exhibition with Kingsley Ng Siu-king, Oi!, Hong Kong (2020); The gazing eyes won’t lie, Massimo De Carlo, Hong Kong (2020); Linger on, your lit-up shade, Casa Masaccio Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, San Giovanni Valdarno (2019); Something you can’t leave behind, Massimo De Carlo, Hong Kong (2017); He Knows Me, Massimo De Carlo, London, UK (2016); Lee Kit, Monther’s Tankstation, Dublin (2015); You, curated by M+ and West Kowloon Cultural District, Cattle Depot, Hong Kong (2014); and You (you), Hong Kong Pavilion, The 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013).
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