post-title Antinomies | Leelee Chan | KLEMM’S | 17.09.-29.10.2022

Antinomies | Leelee Chan | KLEMM’S | 17.09.-29.10.2022

Antinomies | Leelee Chan | KLEMM’S | 17.09.-29.10.2022

Antinomies | Leelee Chan  | KLEMM’S | 17.09.-29.10.2022

until 29.10. | #3594ARTatBerlin | KLEMM’S presents the exhibition “Antinomies” by artist Leelee Chan from 17 September 2022 (Vernissage: 16.09). The first solo exhibition by Leelee Chan in Europe, as part of Berlin Art Week 2022.

In Antinomies, Leelee Chan presents eight new sculptures that extend her work Pallet In Repose (2019-2021), albeit with a more dynamic, experimental approach to form, materials, meanings and associations. Found shipping pallets are a consistent motif in Chan’s recent art practice, reflecting the changing urban fabric in her immediate environment in Hong Kong. As part of the accelerating global supply chain, the circular nature of pallets conveys an incessant state of movement and change. It also has a special biographical significance for Chan, who grew up overlooking a 24-hour container port from her flat window.

The use of pallets transcends this conceptual framework and is a vehicle for Chan’s visceral exploration of the unknown, which informs her interest in urbanism, architecture, material culture, craft and antiquities. Her enigmatic sculptures use disparate materials and forms to create visual paradoxes that play with the viewer’s perceptions and expectations. Moreover, they evoke a particular atmosphere and feeling, evoking an atmospheric poetry of the built environment.

The exhibition is accompanied by a text by Jeppe Ugelvig.

ART at Berlin - Klemms - Numero Art Issue 5 - Photo Max Chang Wang
Numéro Art Issue #5. Photo: Max Chan Wang.

Leelee Chan (b. 1984) lives and works in Hong Kong. Chan received her MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (2009) and her BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago (2006). In 2020, Chan was a laureate of the ninth BMW Art Journey. Her previous solo exhibitions include: Pallet in Repose (Resurfacer), Discoveries, Art Basel Hong Kong (presented by Capsule Shanghai) (2021); and Core Sample, Capsule Shanghai, Shanghai (2019). Her selected exhibitions include Poetic Heritage at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2021); Liquid Ground at Para Site, Hong Kong (2021); KölnSkulptur #10 at Skulpturen Park Köln, Cologne (2020); How Do We Begin: X Museum Triennial 1st Edition at X Museum, Beijing (2020); Holy Mosses at Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong (2019); Notes from Pallet Town at Ullens Center for Contemporary Arts Dunes, Beidaihe (2019); Hysteresis at Downs & Ross, New York (2019); Scaffolds of Meaning at Mine Project, Hong Kong (2019); Rehearsal at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2018).

Chan’s work is in the permanent collections of M+, Hong Kong; Skulpturen Park Köln, Cologne; J. P. Morgan Chase Art Collection, Hong Kong and Kadist Art Foundation, Paris/San Francisco.

Her work has been published in Frieze, Artforum, Mousse Magazine, Art Asia Pacific, the Financial Times and Ocula, among others.


Vernissage: Friday, 16. September 2022, 6.00 – 9:00 p.m. 

Exhibition dates: Saturday, 17. September – Saturday, 29. October 2022

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Image Caption: Numéro Art Issue #5. Photo: Max Chan Wang.

Exhibition Leelee Chan – KLEMMS | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibitions Berlin Galerien | ART at Berlin

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