“Hold your breath, dance slowly”: Hong Kong’s Lee Kit at Walker Art Center – in pictures

Lee Kit exhibits new site-specific works in his first solo exhibitions in Europe and the United States.

Hong Kong artist Lee Kit transforms the museum space with objects and new media to create intimacy and poetry.

Lee Kit, 'You love me (detail)', 2016, acrylic, emulsion paint, inkjet ink, and pencil on paper, emulsion paint on wall dimensions variable Courtesy the artist and Vitamin Creative Space. Photo: Lee Kit

Lee Kit, ‘You Love Me’ (detail), 2016, acrylic, emulsion paint, inkjet ink and pencil on paper, emulsion paint on wall, dimensions variable. Photo: Lee Kit. Image courtesy the artist and Vitamin Creative Space.

Hong Kong artist Lee Kit transforms the museum space into an intimate, site-specific work of art in his exhibition “Lee Kit: Hold Your Breath, Dance Slowly. Exhibiting at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota until 9 October 2016, his first solo museum presentation in the United States exemplifies his poetic use of the museum space, media and found objects. The seamless combination of these elements reminds visitors of memories, emotions and desires. Lee Kit’s works of art are a poetic rendition of the way people come and go in space and time leaving traces behind. He taps into these moments in his work to affectively move visitors as they too must inevitably leave the gallery.

Lee Kit, installation view, "Hold Your Breath, Dance Slowly", 12 May 12 - 9 October 2016, Burnet Gallery. Installation view with people. Image courtesy Walker Art Center.

Lee Kit, installation view, “Hold Your Breath, Dance Slowly”, 12 May – 9 October 2016, Burnet Gallery. Installation view with people. Image courtesy Walker Art Center.

Lee Kit, installation view, "Hold Your Breath, Dance Slowly", 12 May - 9 October 2016, Burnet Gallery. Image courtesy Walker Art Center.

Lee Kit, installation view, “Hold Your Breath, Dance Slowly”, 12 May – 9 October 2016, Burnet Gallery. Image courtesy Walker Art Center.

Born in Hong Kong in 1978, Lee Kit began his career as a painter, working with linear patterns, like plaid, onto fabrics. He eventually integrated these works with readymade objects to create domestic settings. Painted fabrics such as tablecloths and curtains with stains became central to these fictional environments invoking a sense of home.

Central to these settings, however, is the ways in which consumption, politics and objects become a part of the imaginary of a place. As the artist states, “We are products too. I think this is a time to enhance individual practice, to change something within our daily lives.” His emphasis is not on political art; rather Lee creates art politically to encourage a change in daily life in whatever shape or form that takes.

The artist received a shortlist nomination for the 2013 Hugo Boss Asia Art Award and represented Hong Kong in the 2013 Venice Biennale.

Lee Kit, installation view, "Hold Your Breath, Dance Slowly", 12 May 12 - 9 October 2016, Burnet Gallery. Image courtesy Walker Art Center.

Lee Kit, installation view, “Hold Your Breath, Dance Slowly”, 12 May – 9 October 2016, Burnet Gallery. Image courtesy Walker Art Center.

Lee Kit, installation view, "Hold Your Breath, Dance Slowly", 12 May - 9 October 2016, Burnet Gallery. Installation view with people. Image courtesy Walker Art Center.

Lee Kit, installation view, “Hold Your Breath, Dance Slowly”, 12 May – 9 October 2016, Burnet Gallery. Installation view with people. Image courtesy Walker Art Center.

The methods and techniques of painting are still relevant to Lee’s works, although he now uses the medium of projections and light to create a lyrical and flowing composition. Methodologically, he arranges objects in space as a painter does approaching canvas with brush.

Many of the works of art in the exhibition are site-specific installation pieces with objects purchased at the Home Depot and IKEA, including a newly commissioned work. One of the pieces on show is the 13-channel video installation I Can’t Help Falling in Love (2012), acquired by the Walker Art Center through the Justin Smith Purchase Fund in 2014.

Lee Kit, installation view, "Hold Your Breath, Dance Slowly", 12 May - 9 October 2016, Burnet Gallery. Installation view with people. Image courtesy Walker Art Center.

Lee Kit, installation view, “Hold Your Breath, Dance Slowly”, 12 May – 9 October 2016, Burnet Gallery. Installation view with people. Image courtesy Walker Art Center.

Lee Kit, 'I can’t help falling in love', 2012, 11 karaoke videos (color, sound), steel shelving. Walker Art Center Justin Smith Purchase Fund, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Aike-Dellarco, Shanghai

Lee Kit, ‘I Can’t Help Falling in Love’, 2012, 11 karaoke videos (colour, sound), steel shelving. Walker Art Center, Justin Smith Purchase Fund, 2014. Image courtesy the artist and Aike-Dellarco, Shanghai.

Click here to watch a documentary of Lee Kit and his work in the Walker Art Center on YouTube.

Lee Kit 'Can’t touch it.' 2015, acrylic, inkjet ink, and pencil on paper, video projections dimensions variable Installation view, 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Ekateringburg, 2015 Courtesy the artist and Aike Dellarco

Lee Kit, ‘Can’t Touch It’, 2015, acrylic, inkjet ink and pencil on paper, video projections, dimensions variable. Installation view, 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg, 2015. Image courtesy the artist and Aike Dellarco, Shanghai.

Lee Kit, 'A slow dance' (in progress), 2016. Courtesy the artist.

Lee Kit, ‘A Slow Dance’ (in progress), 2016. Image courtesy the artist.

Lee Kit, installation view, "Hold Your Breath, Dance Slowly", 12 May - 9 October 2016, Burnet Gallery. Installation view with people. Image courtesy Walker Art Center.

Lee Kit, installation view, “Hold Your Breath, Dance Slowly”, 12 May – 9 October 2016, Burnet Gallery. Installation view with people. Image courtesy Walker Art Center.

Lee Kit, installation view, "Hold Your Breath, Dance Slowly", 12 May - 9 October 2016, Burnet Gallery. Installation view with people. Image courtesy Walker Art Center.

Lee Kit, installation view, “Hold Your Breath, Dance Slowly”, 12 May – 9 October 2016, Burnet Gallery. Installation view with people. Image courtesy Walker Art Center.

“Hold Your Breath, Dance Slowly” will be on display at the Walker Art Center until 9 October 2016. Curated by the Walker Art Center’s Curatorial Assistant Misa Jeffereis, this exhibition runs simultaneously to Lee Kit’s first solo museum exhibition in Europe “A Small Sound in Your Head” at the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK) in Ghent, Belgium.

Christina Ayson

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