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June 14, 2013 @ 8:00 am - July 12, 2013 @ 5:00 pmFree
For this exhibit at Swanson Contemporary, Thaniel Ion Lee has set out to make things through issuing a set of instructions both to himself and his artists collaborators.
He asked himself to explore things that can be done with a canvas — drag it down the street, smash it with a stone, puncture it, paint a lousy failed painting on it and attempt to cover it up, bite it, draw on it blindly and so on.
To the other eight artists in this exhibit he issued a series of instructions to create (perform) a work, leaving enough ambiguity that each collaborator is able to bring her or his own point of view to the piece. Three of these works involve creating a grid and tossing a dye to decide which color goes where. Two others involve tracing the shadows of a rotating plant, and one even instructs the performing artist to piece together copy paper and dab it with a condiment (Douglas chose mustard). Yet another instructs the artist performer to measure and mark nine points of his body and paint them on a surface the color of his eyes and the diameter of his ring finger.
Lee, who works without the benefit of hands, attended IUS and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the Louisville area and Indiana, including work at the Speed Art Museum and the new Speed Local, The Louisville Visual Art Association, The New Center for Contemporary Art, Swanson Contemporary, and others galleries. His art appears in numerous public and private collections. He also works as a free lance curator and an experimental musician.