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Lee Ming wei

Lee Mingwei was born in Taiwan in 1964 and he received his MFA in Sculpture from Yale University. He currently lives in New York City. Lee Mingwei often performs his artistic concepts with his deep-influenced Buddhist and Eastern philosophy. Lee creates participatory installations, where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness, and one-on-one events, where visitors contemplate these issues with the artist through eating, sleeping, walking and conversation. 

Artworks
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Guernica in Sand

 

Guernica in Sand, sand is employed as the chief material and metaphor of the transformation of life after destructions. Based on Pablo Picasso's Guernica, which portrays the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War, Lee's work seeks to express the impermanence of life in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The artist displays Guernica in Sand horizontally on the floor, and as the viewers march along, the sand change and break gradually, as the metaphor of the circle of life. For Lee, the process of sand-painting is precisely the sort of self-reflecting process that he has always emphasized.

 

※Picture Source:LEE Studio , photo by  Anita Kan

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Reflection

 

Reflection is an installation work consists a giant wood box. Lee invites two viewers at a time into the work to see their reflections from the installed mirrors. This work aims at leading viewers to think about their relationship with others.

 

 

※Picture Source:LEE Studio

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 Shadow and Its Double

 

Within two parts, The Shadow and Its Double shows two conceptually related installations. One of the two parts contains large black sculptures look like horse, trees and other familiar objects that reflect viewers’ reflections; the other part contains recording devices and large mirrors. Both parts invite viewers to contemplate and examine interior world inside. Lee connects his own feelings with Taiwan, and tries to evoke the mystical qualities of Taiwan in this work.

 

※Picture Source:LEE Studio

 

 

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The Tourist Project

 

By following different tour guide, Lee discusses the issue of cultural connections in this project. New generations and immigrations bring out diversities in different cities, every individual contributes a part of the culture.

 

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