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ALEXANDER LEE - The Botanist
7 Nov 2014 - 17 Dec 2014

Opening Reception: 7 November 2014 [7 - 9pm]
Exhibition runs until 17 December 2014
The opening reception and exhibition will be held at Collectors Contemporary.

Collectors Contemporary is proud to present THE BOTANIST: a new solo show by contemporary artist Alexander Lee.

Born in California to Hakka parents, Lee grew up in Tahiti, French Polynesia. He earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York; his MFA from Columbia University, New York; and an MPS from New York University. Lee worked as Studio Manager to Matthew Barney, before gaining recognition for his own unique practice. He is based in New York and Tahiti, and has exhibited to critical acclaim throughout Europe and the United States. The Botanist will bring the work of Alexander Lee to Singapore for the first time.

Lee draws on his rich cultural heritage to explore individual and collective narratives in a multimedia practice that includes drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and performance. A storyteller, Lee amalgamates personal memory, popular culture and history into a rich symbolic visual language. In The Botanist, Lee continues his investigation into cultural narratives, and issues of migration, colonialism and cultural hybridization. Through the plant motif of the breadfruit (uru), the artist conveys themes of sustenance, life, and transformation.

Leeís practice could not be more relevant to Singapore and a contemporary moment defined by globalisation and cultural hybridity. In the artistís work the breadfruit becomes symbolic of knowledge, learning, discovery, creativity and the international travel of ideas and cultural meaning.





 
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