Detail from Jane Lee's artwork The Story of Canvas #1. Photo: courtesy of Jane Lee
You can't help but see red at Jane Lee's first solo exhibition in Hong Kong.
The floor outside the Pao Galleries at the Hong Kong Arts Centre in Wan Chai is covered in ribbons of red, stripped canvases, and nearly everything inside is red. It is a colour redolent of so many things that one may assume the Singaporean artist has chosen it for a reason, perhaps not least her show's politically resonant title, 'Red States'.
Yet Lee, born in 1963, says red is just a colour to her.
'This is my first show in Hong Kong. I wanted to bring some of my past series here as well as new ones, but I worried that it would look messy. The colour seemed a good way of linking them all together,' she says. And she's right. The red theme turns the split-level gallery into a self-contained universe where Lee questions the meaning of painting through relentless experimentation with materials and form.