Meeting

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Meeting is a compelling example of the playful, exuberant nature of American artist, Austin Lee’s instantly identifiable practice. Evoking both the luminosity of a digital screen and the tactile nature of a colour field painting on canvas, Lee’s curious hybrid of digital and physical creation harness the positive characteristics of both mediums. Exploring virtual reality alongside other cutting-edge technological tools, Lee employs a high-tech road to create his graphically simplistic yet vivid pieces. Concepts are experimented with and developed on these programs, before versions are finally applied to canvas. Despite his digital reliance, Lee insists that good work requires a transformation from the digital to the real, and his constant investigation into technique and process align elements of his contemporary approach to that of a traditional painter.

    With brilliant hues and a matte finish, the composition of this present lot pops out of the canvas. A tightly constrained frame presents the viewer with an ambiguous yet simplistic scene of two people meeting, as suggested by the title. Taking inspiration from everyday events in the world around him, Lee focuses on “creating new ways of looking and noticing.” (Austin Lee, quoted in Art of Choice, “Austin Lee’s Paintings Pulse with Life”, Art of Choice, 23 October 2018, online.) His highly-charged presentation of our world transforms it into a contemporary representation of itself – exciting but saturated with uncertainty. The open-ended nature of his work invites viewers to contribute their insight as they explore the subjects of his personal investigations.

    Lee’s work has garnered international acclaim as he has presented solo exhibitions in key galleries and museums. In the past two years, this has included KaiKai KiKi Gallery in Tokyo (2017), Carl Koystál in London (2017), the Peres Project in Berlin (2018), and most recently at the Mine Project in Hong Kong (2019).

  • Catalogue Essay

    《相逢》是一件展現美國藝術家奧斯丁·李極具識別性的藝術表現中之俏皮、華麗特質的絕佳範例。既帶出數位屏幕的光感,又喚起色域繪畫在布面的觸感,李所創造的數位與物理性之奇特混合體極成功地駕馭了這兩種媒介所具有的優點。在對虛擬實境以及其他尖端技術工具的探索中,李採用高科技的形式來創作其圖像簡約卻又生動之作品。先用這些程序來實驗和開發概念,最終再將其移至畫布。儘管倚賴數位技術,李認為一件好的作品需要有一個從數位化到真實的轉變,以及他在技術和流程上的不斷探索與以當代的方式對傳統繪畫的詮釋是一致的。


    絢麗的色調和消光的完成效果,讓這件拍品的構圖從畫布中一躍而出。佈局緊緻的畫面向觀者呈現了兩個人的一場曖昧且情節簡單的相逢,正如作品標題所示。從他周圍世界的日常事件中汲取靈感,李將視角專注於「創造新的觀察和注意的方式。」(奧斯丁·李,引自選擇的藝術,《奧斯丁·李的繪畫與生活脈動》,選擇的藝術,2018年10月23日,網路文章。)他對我們所處世界的高度呈現將其轉化為對自身的一種當代再現——令人激動卻充滿了不確定性。其作品開放式的本質召喚著觀者在探查他個人探尋的主題,同時也投入自己的見解。


    李的作品在各大重要畫廊和美術館舉辦過個人展覽,並屢獲了國際讚譽。在過去兩年中,其展覽包括在東京的KaiKai KiKi畫廊(2017年),倫敦的Carl Koystál(2017年),柏林的Peres Project(2018年),以及最近在香港的Mine Project(2019年)。

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Meeting

2015
signed, titled and dated 'Alee "Meeting" 2015' on the overlap; further signed and dated 'Alee 2014' on the upper right of the overlap
Flashe acrylic on canvas
122.5 x 121 cm. (48 1/4 x 47 5/8 in.)
Painted in 2015.

Estimate
HK$80,000 - 100,000 
€9,300-11,600
$10,300-12,800

sold for HK$112,500

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Online Auction 9-18 October 2019