Cut Out the Darkness

Hello BoveyBlog readers! Happy New Year to you!

Recently, I created a cutout artwork for Panasonic’s “Cut Out the Darkness” project. It is part of their 100 Thousand Solar Lantern Project which delivers solar powered lanterns to people in regions without electricity.

My lantern is called “City Lights” and you can see the 360 views of the lantern and my profile here.

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Do you know that there are over a billion people (1 in 5) on earth living without electricity?

I love this project.

Panasonic initially launched the project inviting me and ten other artists to create the solar lanterns. Now you can also upload your lantern artwork and Panasonic will produce and deliver to the people in need.

The Web site, Cut Out the Darkenss | Panasonic Global, has all the information about how to submit your artwork and instructions on using the cutout app.

The Creative Process Behind My Cut Paper for The New York Times Magazine

Who would have thought that my first cut paper artwork for the New York Times Magazine was a Cannabis Sativa? Since the Magazine is published weekly, there was very little time to work on the piece. Time is always a challenging issue, for my creative process is naturally slow. In addition, I already lined up my calendar for the rest of the year but pretty much had to push everything back in order to fit it into the schedule.

Despite its simplicity, a lot of preparation and work went into the cut paper leaf. As I said in the last post, what seems easy is not. Firstly, I read Bruce Barcott’s fascinating article and learned about the angle of the story. And then, the Art Director and I discussed how to represent the angle of the story all in a single cutout leaf. The color scheme and composition were then decided. After a dozen back and forth with the AD, I went about to research hundreds of images of the Cannabis leaves. Realizing there were three different types, I had to make a quick choice on which one to depict and settled on the Sativa because of its graceful shape. I also researched images of vintage botanical and scientific illustrations.

The article centered around the investment and marketing of marijuana for pharmaceutical use. On the computer, I rearranged, reshaped, and adjusted the spacing and symmetry of the leaf. The idea was to give the leaf a clinical look, almost like a specimen drawing. Before cutting it out, I did a pencil drawing based on the computer image to show the AD. After approval, I then began the hand cutting process until it was completed. The finished artwork was shipped to a photographer in New York for the post production work.

Bovey Lee, Cannabis Sativa, pencil on paper, for The New York Times Magazine, June 30 issue, 2013

Bovey Lee, Cannabis Sativa, pencil on paper, sketch for The New York Times Magazine, June 30 issue, 2013

Given the photographer who has never taken pictures of my work before, he did a good job for white-on-white is very difficult to do well, especially because the leaf has very delicate, thin lines.

I want to thank The New York Times for inviting me to collaborate on this interesting project.

Bovey Lee, Cannabis Sativa cut paper artwork for the New York Times Magazine, June 30 issue, 2013

Bovey Lee, Cannabis Sativa cut paper artwork for the New York Times Magazine, June 30 issue, 2013

“Carry the Sky” – New Public Art Commission

This is my blog post #100! Thanks for reading and your support of BoveyBlog.

Last week, I completed a public art commission titled “Carry the Sky” for Fresh Vision: Art@Government Buildings in Hong Kong. The site is a beautiful, contemporary style government office building located in Lai Chi Kok, a neighborhood in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Lai Chi Kok is named after the native fruit tree, lychee, and I got inspiration for the project from the aerial view of Lai Chi Kok in Google Map. It looks like an abstracted bird spreading its wings. Since the cutout artworks will be placed onto the sprawling, 92 x 24 feet window panels that reflect the sky, the bird motif is perfect as I arranged them as if they were soaring and flying.

Within each cutout bird, I have created imagery that relates to Lai Chi Kok about the region’s history, geography, landscape, urban development, people, habitat, and landmark.

Curated by Grace Cheng of CAN (Community Art Network), Fresh Vision also features five other Hong Kong artists and their projects. For more information, visit Fresh Vision: Art@Government Buildings Web site.

Bovey Lee, "Carry the Sky", Lai Chi Kok Government Offices, Hong Kong, Nov 2012-Nov 2013

Bovey Lee, “Carry the Sky”, Lai Chi Kok Government Offices, Hong Kong, Nov 2012-Nov 2013

Bovey Lee, "Carry the Sky", Lai Chi Kok Government Offices, Hong Kong, Nov 2012-Nov 2013

Bovey Lee, “Carry the Sky”, Lai Chi Kok Government Offices, Hong Kong, Nov 2012-Nov 2013

Bovey Lee, "Carry the Sky", Lai Chi Kok Government Offices, Hong Kong, Nov 2012-2013

Bovey Lee, “Carry the Sky”, Lai Chi Kok Government Offices, Hong Kong, Nov 2012-2013

Bovey Lee, "Carry the Sky", Lai Chi Kok Government Offices, Hong Kong, Nov 2012-Nov 2013

Bovey Lee, “Carry the Sky”, Lai Chi Kok Government Offices, Hong Kong, Nov 2012-Nov 2013

Press Coverage of Hugo Boss Solo Exhibition and Window Installation

I would like to thank Hugo Boss for inviting me to work on this special project. I just received the press coverage thus far for my solo exhibition opening and window installation unveiling ceremony. Below are a few highlights.

The event took place on January 13, 2012 at IFC (International Finance Center) in Shanghai, China.

I attended the event with Dr. Gerrit Ruetzel, Hugo Boss President and CEO Asia Pacific; Andrew Ho, Hugo Boss Chief Merchandiser; actress Yao Chen, and IFC representative.

More interviews and coverage should come from several magazines in the next few months.

Press clippings courtesy of Hugo Boss.

Solo Exhibition and Window Installation for Hugo Boss

Having worked on the Hugo Boss project for a few months, it was gratifying to see the results in Shanghai. The project contains two parts: 1) Solo exhibition of a dozen of my cut paper at IFC (International Finance Center), Shanghai, China from January 13-18; 2) Window installation I designed for Hugo Boss stores across major cities and countries in Asia, including Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, and others.

Special Project for Hugo Boss

I have been working on a special project for Hugo Boss in the past few months. The project contains two parts:

1. Window installation from Jan 5-31, 2012 for selected Hugo Boss stores in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hefei, Ningbo, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Macao, and Singapore.

2. BLOOM:Cut Paper by Bovey Lee is a solo exhibition presented by Hugo Boss at IFC, Shanghai. I will show a dozen latest cut paper works. It opens on January 13 thru 16, 2012. By invitation only VIP reception is on Jan 13. A limited edition brochure is published for the exhibition as well.

Bovey Lee for Hugo Boss

What to work on?

Four full months in 2010 went by in a blink of an eye. It’s time to work on the commission for a Swiss watchmaker’s Beijing boutique.

A commission I am working on