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SOMETHING YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND — Lee Kit / Galleria Massimo De Carlo Hong Kong / May 18 —July 08, 2017
" There is a movie in every corner. Not to be watched. (Perhaps this person should be eliminated. Unfortunately (s)he still remains there.)
Edit it. It becomes a quiet movie, like your gentle touch on his face. It is all about tenderness. But he doesn’t know what you are going to do next. Actually, you are thinking that there are some people you don’t want to touch. They should be el iminated once you have a chance to touch them. No one keep trash on their bed. You don’t want to tell him about this because you really don’t want to destroy him. This moment in time is precious.
A bus ride might make you smile. A quiet time is all you need. We are done. Our time has gone. But it’s ok. Stay on the bus and feel your smile but don’t even try to talk about love. Mute the voice- over.
There is so mething you can’t leave behind.”
Massimo De Carlo is pleased to present S omething you can’t leave behind by Lee Kit, who was born in Hong Kong in 1978 and now lives and works in Taipei (Taiwan). This is Lee Kit’s first solo show with our Hong Kong gallery, in his home town.
The multimedia artist Lee Kit encompasses in his practice an array of diverse mediums such as projections, drawing, painting, video and installations. Lee Kit’s works embed intimac y and poetry through the artist’s close yet reserved exploration of human be haviour that voices universal feelings whilst stressing on particular experienc es, moments and traces of every day life.
The title something you can’t leave behind speaks directly to the viewer, as put by the artist himself: “ I simply feel that we all hav e something that we cannot leave behind in our life. I wasn't quite sure what it is this something. Perhaps it is not something very specific. In the current worsened, very tense global and local situation in H ong K ong , I have a stronger feeling that we al l have something we can't leave behind. ” The show is compose d of projections that interact with works on paper , cardboard, and plywood, created specifically for this exhibition, which reinterpret and challenge Lee Kit’s back ground as a traditional painter. The work is conceived as site- specific, appearing to encompass the gallery space as if it were a sole work: an illusion carefully crafted by the artists assembling of different works. The shift between the light created by the projectors and the shade of the darkened gallery space aide the artist to craft a narrative that , by physically transforming the gallery, inserts the viewer in to a humbling limbo caught in between empathy and apathy, a quiet and repetitive sense of nostalgia that asks us to reflect on our relati onship with our homeland.