Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The viscerality in Lee’s works are bodily palpable – menacing tree trunks lashing out a thick red tongue simultaneously forming roots to entrap a man, the veiny innards of an orifice sucking in a figure simultaneously melting in the acid vividness of the dissolving ground into the blob-like figure depicting an excruciating journey into the belly of the beast.

This is a world inhabited by monsters who may or may not have real-life human counterparts from people he encounter everyday drifting from his second-hand clothing jaunts in Recto and Quiapo, to the lair of his fellow mountaineers and adventure seekers in his alma mater, to banquet invitations from a motley of friends from the underground music scene, the art scene, and more recently, the world of showbiz.

These are propped as either muse or demon caricatures that are humorous jabs at the vain, self-righteousness of the prevailing order. This world is singularLee radical and totalLee Lee’s, offering a vision of raw truth underneath all its absurdities.

Art Informal is located at 277 Connecticut St, Greenhills East, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines

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