Lee Wen
Singapore , 1957
Lee Wen is a Singaporean multidisciplinary artist working on social identity themes. After leaving a banking career to enroll at LASALLE College of the Arts, Lee graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in 2006. Best known for his Yellow Man series of work, Lee is one of the pioneers of Performance Art in Singapore. Lee Wen relies on the strategic deployment of visual, kinesthetic symbols and signs in his works. Through various constructed personas, his works allow visitors an insight into his roles as an artist. Lee has been exploring different strategies of time-based and performance art since 1989. Lee’s work has been strongly motivated by social investigations as well as inner psychological directions using art to interrogate stereotypical perceptions of culture and society. Lee Wen's essays, texts and investigations are an important reference, not only for Singaporean and Asian artists, but also for Performance art scholars and researchers worldwide. Lee Wen is a contributing member in The Artists Village of Singapore and had been participating in Black Market international performance collective. Lee was also co-organiser of R.I.T.E.S. - Rooted in the Ephemeral Speak (2009), a platform to support and develop performance art practices, discourse, infrastructure and audiences in Singapore. In 2003, Lee spearheaded the Future of Imagination international performance art event, seeing the value of having an annual gathering of international artists in Singapore, to share a continuing interest in the cultural constructs of identity. In 2005, Lee Wen was awarded the Cultural Medallion for his contributions to the development of Contemporary Art in Singapore. The artist is now focused on the setting up of an independent archive and has since officially resigned from the Artist’s Village (2011), Future of Imagination (2003) and R.I.T.E.S. - Rooted in the Ephemeral Speak (2009).
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Ping Pong Go Round (Suzhou Model)
Performance and mixed media installation , 580(dia) x 76(h) cm , 2013