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Chen-Dao Lee
2020. 3.13(Fri.) - 3.28(Sat.) 

11:00 - 19:00(closed on Sun., Mon. & public holidays)

Sleepless in Tokyo

李承道Chen-Dao LEE_東京夜未眠 No.1Sleepless No.1

"東京夜未眠 No.1-Sleepless No.1" 2020, Image 50 x 60 cm, Frame 70 x 80 x 7 cm, Oil on canvas with classical frame

李承道Chen-Dao LEE_東京夜未眠 No.3Sleepless No.3

“東京夜未眠 No.3-Sleepless No.3” 2020, Image 60 x 50 cm, Frame 83 x 73 x 8 cm, Oil on canvas with classical frame

MEGUMI OGITA GALLERY B1 2-16-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

We are pleased to announce Chen-Dao Lee's exhibition "Sleepless in Tokyo" at MEGUMI OGITA GALLERY.

Chen-Dao Lee was born in Taiwan in 1982 and received a PhD from National Taiwan University of Arts. He has continued his career since then, holding exhibitions in Taiwan, Japan and the UK, and participating in art fairs.

At first glance, Lee uses people around him as motifs. He creates, however, mainly works of scenes unfolding extraordinary and ordinary life with composition of old master paintings, portraits of people wearing masks of celebrities, and works which consist of characters in films or animations, and puts them into unique frames that look like sculptures.
His home country, Taiwan, accepts a lot of culture from Japan and the US, and his paintings incorporate Taiwanese mixed culture. They are works that have been homogenized with the same admiration even for combinations such as "Hollywood films and anime" or "Japanese porn videos and Western master paintings", which are unthinkable overseas.
Many of his images include two sides such as "men and women", "classics and the present", "ordinary and extraordinary", and "seeing and being seen" with mirrors or *motorcycles. As the exhibition title "Sleepless in Tokyo" indicates, his works overlap with his impression of an intriguing city, Tokyo, which shows completely different aspects night and day with no sleep.

This exhibition focuses on motifs familiar to Japanese, such as a series that depicts a female friend of Lee’s from the viewpoint of Balthus (1908 -2001), a mask series that depicts faces of Japanese celebrities, who are significant for him to understand Japan, in a comical way, and a series of characters such as Darth Vader or Mazinger Z in motorcycle frames.
We hope you enjoy Chen-Dao Lee's 14 new works there.

Also, in the project room at the gallery, "Release and Composition", a new solo exhibition of Junpei Omori, reproducing Jomon pottery with modern decoration and vivid colors, will be concurrently held.

*In the case of automobiles, drivers only "see" the outside from inside, while motorcycles, riders "see" things as well as "being seen" by others.

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