Rooster Gallery Contemporary Art presents “Action For Freedom: New Works by Lee Wells”, featuring new video action paintings from the “Soul Series.” with a catalog essay by Lara Pan.
Opening Reception Thursday February 17th, 2011 - 6-9 pm
Lee Wells (born 1971), offers a complex intermix of images, which engage issues of war, sexuality, freedom and liberation. Deeply rooted in the history of painting and dialogue of the Avant-garde, “Action For Freedom,” presents portraits of humanity as an attempt to create order within the chaos, confusion and wonder of the early 21st century.
Wells juxtaposes two distinct bodies of work in the upper and lower galleries at Rooster Gallery. Taken together, the discursive spectacle of global cultural implosion on the collective psyche is exposed for our super-modern era.
Wells’ immersive high definition works for “Video Forest” are
currently on view through 2014 at the Kimpo International Airport,
Seoul, Korea, and was recently was commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum to write the essay Andy, Nam June, and Me at the Zoo, which discusses the video and the Avant-garde in the post 9-11 era.
Lee Wells, whose artwork and projects primarily question systems of power and control, has exhibited internationally for over 15 years, including the 51st Venice Biennial; PS1/MoMA, New York, NY; the National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia; WRO07 XI Media Biennial, Warsaw, Poland; the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center; and The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia; in addition to numerous art fairs, festivals and universities.
In its totality, “Action for Freedom” presents a timely visual discussion about the heroes, victims and martyrs of the 21st century.
New York, February 2011