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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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The Grip by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Leelee ChanThe Grip, 2020Broken pottery tomb figure hands from Ming dynasty (14th to 17th centuries AD), hammer, vacuum cleaner head, concrete, stone tile, paper clay, stainless steel hardware
13.2 x 10.5 x 10.2 cm
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Capsule Shanghai
Hazy Blue Silhouette by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
Leelee ChanHazy Blue Silhouette, 2021Found plastic pallet, stainless steel, Lapis Lazuli, Jesmonite, pigment, polystyrene foam, construction adhesive
74.5 x 71.8 x 15 cm
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Capsule Shanghai
Nocturnal Encounter by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
Leelee ChanNocturnal Encounter, 2021Found plastic pallet, stainless steel, mirror, Lapis Lazuli, Jesmonite, pigment, polystyrene foam, construction adhesive
71.5 x 71.5 x 12.5 cm
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Capsule Shanghai
Circuit (Jasper Green) by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
Leelee ChanCircuit (Jasper Green), 2021Found plastic pallet, salvaged tennis court surface, Green Jasper, bronze powder, pigment, resin, stainless steel mirror, stainless steel hardware
71 x 71 x 13 cm
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Capsule Shanghai
Performer #1 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
Leelee ChanPerformer #1, 2020Broken pottery tomb figure head from Ming dynasty (1300–1600 AD), polystyrene foam, seashell, artificial flower, fiberglass, resin, pigment, and metal stand
14 x 5.7 x 5.7 cm
Asia Art Archive
Halo #2 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
Leelee ChanHalo #2, 2019Scavenged light, foam packagings. spinning wheel, concrete, pigment
18 x 10 x 8 cm
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Capsule Shanghai
Sunset Capsule #4 by Leelee Chan contemporary artwork sculpture
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 sculpture
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

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