5-year Anniversary – A Mini Retrospective

I began my full-time career as a cut paper artist five years ago (the clock started with my first solo exhibition as a represented gallery artist, although I started making cut paper in summer of 2005). Looking back at the works that I have created, there are several pieces that I consider to be door openers.

“Hanging Gown” is the first piece I used the chain link fence motif. Later, I expanded the idea to create series of works including the “Little Crimes,” “Falling Water,” “Memory Windows,” and “The Butterfly Gown.”

Hanging Gown

Hanging Gown, rice paper cutout, 7×14, 2006

“Atomic Jellyfish” is the first large cut paper with an elevated level of intricacy that I created in late 2007. Although taking as long as four months to complete, it allowed me to push the technical and conceptual limits of cut paper. “Atomic Jellyfish” inspired works that came soon after that dealt with both man-made and natural powers.

"Atomic Jellyfish"

Bovey Lee, Rice paper cutout, 2007

“Beach Ball Blast” is significant as it was the first piece that I focused on environmental issues.

Beach Ball Blast

“Beach Ball Blast,” rice paper cutout, 2009

“Falling Water I–V” is the first series that I created as an installation. Coming from a painting background, I was curious to create a painterly effect using cut paper.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

“Sewing Highways” brought back the narrative-based expressions in my work. I created it after coming back from Beijing in 2010 after visiting the capital of China twenty years prior. The changes in Beijing’s landscape and people’s lives were staggering and overwhelming. It inspired me to create works on the effects of industrialization and urbanization.

Sewing Highways, cut rice paper on silk, 2011

Sewing Highways, cut rice paper on silk, 2011

“Lifting Clouds” is a recent work that explores how we use super machines and high technologies to claim ownership and alter/shape nature to our liking. I developed the concept to create many works in similar vein, such as “Trimming Feathers,” “Painting Corals,” and “Welding Branches.”

Bovey Lee, "Lifting Clouds", 2012

Bovey Lee, “Lifting Clouds”, 2012

“Vase I” modernizes traditional Chinese vases that always depict nature in purity and untouched by humanity. The fact is, there is literally no place on earth that human beings have not interrupted in some way.

Bovey Lee, "Vase I", 2012

Bovey Lee, “Vase I”, 2012

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Gallery Shots of Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory at Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Coming back to open my solo, Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, in Palm Beach not long ago. The opening was very well attended. I love how subtle and elegant the color scheme we use for the show. Thanks to Sarah Gavlak who is director and owner of Gavlak. When I first exhibited cut paper, I chose a tone on tone presentation and it gave a very quiet and airy feel to a show. This current solo recreates that same impression. Below are several gallery shots that I want to share with you:

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has a Memory, Solo Exhibition, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA

It’s only a week away from the opening of my first solo exhibition with Gavlak Gallery that represents my work in Palm Beach, Florida. The water motif is in majority of the cut paper pieces in the show. That’s why it is titled Water Has a Memory.

Bovey Lee: Water Has a Memory opens on Easter Friday, March 29 and the exhibition is thru May 11. I will be showing both recent and new works, including “Falling Water I–V (after Pat Steir)” that are in the image below. New works include “Palm Tree Snowflakes,” “Painting Coral,” “Sawing Waves,” and “Trimming Feathers.” Visit boveylee.com to see these and more images.

Bovey Lee: Water Has a Memory, solo exhibition, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, March 29-May 11, 2013

Bovey Lee: Water Has a Memory, solo exhibition, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, March 29-May 11, 2013

2010 in Pictures

 

Moved into and expanded my new studio

"Black Water," installation, 23'x10'x11', 2010

Researched and lectured at the Central Academy of Fine Arts

Visited Lu Shengzhong at CAFA, Beijing

Visited Beijing's 798 Art Zone

Exhibited in Shanghai for the first time (Gallery shot, OV Gallery)

"Atomic Jellyfish" on the cover of L'art de la decoupe, France

Visited Xu Bing and his Beijing studio

Completed a body of new works

Visited my hometown Hong Kong

 

Open studio

I had an open studio this past Saturday for a group of guests. I didn’t do a lot of it because of my exhibition schedules; it is sometimes difficult to keep enough inventory for myself. But this past one, the timing worked out for me to have some works back from recent exhibitions before sending them out again. I managed to have about thirty cutouts, a third of them new works, to display not only in the studio but throughout the apartment. Majority of them are small to medium size. Since it is not an exhibition, I focused on showing the creative process with tools and materials, drawings, computer renderings, work in progress, unframed cutouts, and framed works organized so guests had a good idea what it took and was involved.