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Lee Kit, What to do?, 2014, mixed media with video (color, silent, 5 minutes 24 seconds). Installation view.

Lee Kit

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Lee Kit, What to do?, 2014, mixed media with video (color, silent, 5 minutes 24 seconds). Installation view.

For Lee Kit, painting is like breathing: an act of leaving an invisible trace within a space so that “[e]ven if a person isn’t there, you can feel his breath.” Lee treats surfaces like conveyors of personal residues, combining and arranging his works into installations that evoke the feeling of faint presence, as if produced from someone’s recent departure from a now empty room. This approach is palpable in Lee’s most characteristic works: faint transfer prints of well-known logos and labels—such as those of Johnson & Johnson, Pears, or Dove—on cardboard treated with watery acrylic color washes and pastel shades. These are often presented in spaces with towels, plastic hooks, and other household fixtures, so as to produce a sense of both familiarity and alienation through the domestication of the abstract space that surrounds an artwork.

And while this exhibition, “By

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