Lee Mingwei: A Quartet and Living Room
28 June – 17 August 2013
Born in Taiwan and currently living in New York City, Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations, exploring issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness. Lee’s projects are often open-ended scenarios for everyday interaction, and take on different forms depending on the participants. Time is central to this process, as Lee’s installations often change during the course of an exhibition.
For his first solo show at Chinese Arts Centre, he will be presenting two works: The Living Room, taking place for a limited time (28 June – 27 July), will invite volunteers to act as “hosts” in a specially constructed “living room”. These hosts will be asked to fill the room with their own personal collections, sharing and engaging visitors in a dialogue about them. The installation aims to create personal encounters asking questions such as “Why do we collect?” and “What does our collection say about us?”
The installation requires the visitor to physically participate to make the artwork complete, where the visitor’s movements within the installation changes what they see and hear of the piece. Lee Mingwei received an MFA from Yale University in 1997. He has had solo shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and has been featured in biennials in Venice, Lyon, Liverpool (2006, 2010), Taipei, Sydney, and the Whitney. Furthermore, he has developed projects for the Echigo-Tsumari and Asia Pacific Triennials.