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b. 1984, SAR, China

Leelee Chan Biography

Leelee Chan's sculptures are almost always comprised of dumpster detritus and mundane objects not generally considered worth preserving. Fuelled by the impulse to question these objects' status and value, the artist imaginatively explores their transformative potential and manipulates each item according to their unique qualities. She purposefully integrates found objects with natural and industrial elements of household items such as artificial plants, asphalt, floor tiles, and concrete while preserving each material's own dignity. Her sculptures evoke Modernist architecture, bold and austere yet embedded with playful and meticulous details.

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Leelee Chan was born in 1984 in Hong Kong. She received her MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2009 and her BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. She currently lives and works in Hong Kong. Her work was exhibited internationally including Tai Kwun Contemporary (Hong Kong), Neptune (Hong Kong), Artemis Project Space (York, UK), The Dorado Project (New Jersey, USA), Flux Factory (New York, USA), Parallel Art Space (New York, USA), Tompkins Projects (New York, USA), Horse Trader Gallery (New York, USA), The Three Season Gallery (Chicago, USA), Sol Koffler Gallery (Providence, USA). Her work has been covered by Frieze, South China Morning Post, Art Asia Pacific, Cotonoha, Ocula, Bushwick Daily, Art F City, and The Providence Journal.

Leelee Chan Featured Artworks

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Halo #2 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork
Leelee ChanHalo #2, 2019Scavenged light, foam packagings. spinning wheel, concrete, pigment
18 x 10 x 8 cm
Capsule Shanghai Contact Gallery
Sunset Capsule #4 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork
Leelee ChanSunset Capsule #4, 2019Construction lights, metal stands, crystal pieces from a scavenged chandelier, concrete, fibreglass, metal hardware, gel filters
150 x 38 x 38 cm
Capsule Shanghai Contact Gallery
Seaglass Equilibrium 海玻璃平衡 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork
Leelee ChanSeaglass Equilibrium 海玻璃平衡, 2019Metal plate, concrete, polystyrene foams, pigment, seashell and found glass plates
101 x 91 x 45 cm
Capsule Shanghai Contact Gallery
Spine #2 脊 #2 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork
Leelee ChanSpine #2 脊 #2, 2019Wheels, clay, metal, spray paint
235 x 24.3 x 10 cm
Capsule Shanghai Contact Gallery
Seeker 探寻者 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork
Leelee ChanSeeker 探寻者, 2016Collage, spray paint, acrylic, matte medium, watercolour on Arches paper
80.5 x 65.5 cm
Capsule Shanghai Contact Gallery
Intermission 间歇 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork
Leelee ChanIntermission 间歇, 2016Collage, acrylic, matte medium, gouache, watercolour on Arches paper
81 x 65.5 cm
Capsule Shanghai Contact Gallery
Imaginary Boundary  想像 · 城界 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork
Leelee ChanImaginary Boundary 想像 · 城界, 2019Used household mirror, found dried pod, found foam packagings, concrete, wood, pebbles, plexiglass mirror, tiles
104 x 28 x 28 cm
Capsule Shanghai Contact Gallery
Seaglass Equilibrium by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork
Leelee ChanSeaglass Equilibrium, 2019Metal plate, concrete, polystyrene foams, pigment, seashell and found glass plates
101 x 91 x 45 cm
Capsule Shanghai Contact Gallery

Leelee Chan Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Leelee Chan, Core Sample at Capsule Shanghai, Shanghai
Closed
16 February–5 April 2019 Leelee Chan Core Sample Capsule ShanghaiShanghai

Leelee Chan Represented By

Capsule Shanghai contemporary art gallery in Shanghai, China Capsule Shanghai Shanghai

Leelee Chan In Ocula Magazine

Leelee Chan Awarded BMW Art Journey 2020 Ocula News Leelee Chan Awarded BMW Art Journey 2020 Hong Kong, 18 June 2020

Pandemic permitting, the Hong Kong artist will visit destinations in Europe, Japan and the Americas to explore the past, present and future of materials.

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