Lee Wells is an artist, exhibition organizer and consultant currently living and working New York. His artwork primarily questions systems of power and control and has been exhibited internationally including the 51 st La Biennale Di Venezia, Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinatti and the Museo d'arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto. He is a co-founder and director of IFAC-arts, http://www.ifac-arts.org, an alternative exhibition and installation program for artists and curators. His artwork, projects and exhibitions have been written about by various national and international art and news publications to include: The New York Times, Art Newspaper, The Washington Post, Art in America, and Art Net.
Wells is currently a curator at large and Cinema-Scope director for Scope Art Fairs http://www.scope-art.com. In January 2006, he co-founded the video art community research portal and traveling installation [PAM] http://PerpetualArtMachine.com, with the artists Raphaele Shirley, Chris Borkowski and Aaron Miller. Wells has been participating on the Rhizome since 1998.
Eva and Franco Mattes (0100101110101101.ORG)
January 20 - March 3, 2007
OPENING: Saturday, January 20, 6 pm
Fabio Paris Art Gallery, Brescia, Italy
Show curated and catalogue edited by Domenico Quaranta
On occasion of their second solo exhibition at Fabio Paris Art Gallery, and for the first time in Italy, EVA AND FRANCO MATTES (0100101110101101.ORG) are to exhibit the project for which they have been awarded the Premio New York 2006.
For over a year Eva and Franco Mattes lived in the virtual world of Second Life, exploring its terrain and interacting with its peculiar inhabitants. The result of this "video game flânerie" is a series of portraits characterized by the bright colors, artificial lighting, polygonal shapes and surreal perspectives typical of virtual worlds. Overall, the series draws on the technological developments which allow the creation of alternate identities within simulated worlds.
"LOL" carries on the work that began with "13 Most Beautiful Avatars", an exhibition project that involved the physical space of the Italian Academy in New York and the virtual space of Ars Virtua Gallery (curated by Rhizome.org), and is set to continue in February with the Mattes’ second solo exhibition at Postmasters Gallery in New York.
"LOL" features five portraits and a triptych, all dedicated to female avatars. The title of the show is an expression much used by the online community to express amusement or jollity ("Laugh Out Loud" or "Lots Of Laughs") or as a closing greeting ("Lots Of Love"). The fact that the Mattes duo refuse to explain the meaning of this ready-made of web communications leaves it open for interpretation: an artificial language for artificial life forms? A touch of sarcasm towards attempts to interpret a work that should be assessed primarily from ...
Depending on how you set the boundaries, Live Cinema could be
anything -- from the visuals of the VJ in the club last night to
sophisticated realtime performances based on complex interaction between musicians and visual artists at renowned festivals. Generally it may be defined as a recently coined term for realtime audiovisual performances. In issue #003 of [Re: magazine] by CONT3XT.NET, Solu (a.k.a. Mia Makela) -- an active Live Cinema performer -- talks about her thesis (Live Cinema: Language and Elements) investigating the
principles of this genre.
Abhaengig davon, wie man die Grenzen setzt, kann Live Cinema alles
moegliche sein - von den Visuals im Club vergangene Nacht bis hin zu
ausgereiften Echtzeitperformances, die auf der komplexen Interaktion
zwischen Musikern und bildenden Kuenstler fussen und auf anerkannten
Medienkunstfestivals gezeigt werden. Am ehesten laesst sich Live
Cinema aber als in Echtzeit aufgefuehrte, audiovisuelle Perfomance
beschreiben. In Ausgabe #003 des [Re: magazine] von CONT3XT.NET
spricht Solu (a.k.a. Mia Makela), eine aktive Live Cinema
Performerin, ueber ihre Diplomarbeit (Live Cinema: Language and
Elements), in der sie den Prinzipien dieses Genres aufs den Grund
PIRATE STATES Crisis and Paganism 1st Mykonos Biennale - Cine Manto June 21-24, 2013
ARTISTS: Alison Williams, Betty Tompkins, Colette Lumiere and Friedericke Schaefer, [dNASAb], Eve Vaterlaus and Peter Fend, Gary Indiana, Gregory de la Haba, Heide Hatry, Katie Peyton, Lee Wells, Marjan Moghaddam, O Zhang, and Pierrot.
ORGANIZERS: Katie Peyton and Lee Wells
Peanut Underground is proud to present “Pirate States” at the 1st Mykonos Biennale.
The avant-garde has returned. A new supermodern aesthetic is here: a new awareness formed in wake of cultural post-traumatic stress, institutional corruption, and postmodern complacency. All these crises are caused by a general disrespect for new ideas. Time is marching on.
The Pirate States are geographically located between hyperreality and the glitch, in the slipstream of the spectacle. Descending from the Cloud, art exists as actual and potential energy, as performance, as memory. It does not ask to be understood, only to be freed.
These artists create work with no fixed shape or location: nomadic artifacts that jump the rails of the global surveillance state. The avant-garde is on the attack.
We are flash mobs and creative insurgencies, kitenic undergrounds with virile digitalia. Armed with new ideas coming from deep space, ancient myth and Antarctica, artists now engage in a borderless discourse unpredictably more complicated than ever before. Necessity demands new forms.
Godard said, “The so-called ‘digital’ is not a mere technical medium, but a medium of thought. And when modern democracies turn technical thought into a separate domain, those modern democracies incline towards totalitarianism.”
Jorn said, “The avant-garde doesn’t give up.”
The avant-garde is essential to our survival. What will emerge is left open. We are. It is.
Crisis and Paganism addresses the failures of global capitalism in the 21st century, as manifested by the current economic crisis in Greece and its overall effects on networked society. But as we acknowledge the pending collapse of corrupt capitalist systems, we celebrate the infinite spirit of creation. We call out to the ancient gods for new knowledge and inspiration, and to grant us the vision and fortitude to free ourselves from all forms of repression and austerity. The festival strives to cultivate a fresh energy, through the creative convergence of artists and thinkers, in the hopes of reflecting a new positive light back into the world.
The First Mykonos Biennale is an artist-run, avant-garde festival of new media, film and art. Opening on the Summer Solstice, the Biennale brings over 100 international artists to the ancient islands of Mykonos and Delos, Greece to present their work and address this year’s theme, “Crisis and Paganism.“
Artistic Director: Lydia Venieri Executive Producer: Andonis Kioukas Curators: Pier Luigi Tazzi, Katie Peyton, Lee Wells, and Ed Steinberg.
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
Scope Foundation and Perpetual Art Machine presents A Light at the End of the Tunnel an epic video art trilogy about the human condition curated by Lee Wells
with artwork by: Michael Paulus, Sirrin Mozaffari, Madame X, Den Marino, Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Nadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib, Nathania Rubin, Chris Coleman, Bruno Muzzolini, John Criscitello, Miranda Raimondi and Samuel Pellman, Stella Rey, Richard O'Sullivan, Nightmare City, Brit Bunkley, Dana Sederowsky, Francis Coy, Bo Lee, Julieta Maria, Eva Davidova, Jonathan Monaghan, Shiva Lynn Burgos, dNASAb, Fabel Kommunication, Alvin Case, Gratuitous Art Productions, Karl Erickson, Hye Yeon Nam, Celeste Fichter, Yoshiko Kanai, and Pipi
SCOPE BASEL 2010 Kaserne Basel - June 15-19, 2010
"The Avant Garde Doesn't Give Up" - Asger Jorn 'Increase your necessity so that you may increase your perception.' --13th century Persian Sufi mystic Rumi, quoted by Bill Viola¨
A Light at the End of the Tunnel is an epic video art trilogy about the human condition, including seminal works by 30 international emerging artists chosen based on an open call from over 200 submissions.
Why are we here? What does it all mean? How is it all relative to art in the 21st century?
Above image still by Den Marino (Russia), The Illustration of Life, 2009
About the Curator Lee Wells is an artist, independent curator and consultant currently living and working in New York. His artwork and projects primarily question systems of power and control and have been exhibited internationally for over 15 years, including the 51 st La Biennale Di Venezia, National Center for Contemporary Art Moscow, Kimpo International Airport, WRO07 XII Media Biennial, PS1/MoMA, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, and Hermitage Museum in addition to numerous art fairs, festivals and galleries. He is a co-founder and director of IFAC-arts, an alternative curitorial program and nomadic gallery and since 2006, a co-founder of [PAM] the Perpetual Art Machine and has been a SCOPE Curator at Large since 2005. www.leewells.org
About SCOPE Foundation SCOPE’S continued mission is to turn viewers into users. Since 2007, SCOPE International Art Fair is proud to announce the launch of the SCOPE Foundation, whose mandate is to help emerging contemporary artists, through grants, awards, and acquisitions. SCOPE is dedicated to not only supporting the international emerging artistic community, but local schools and not-for-profit arts institutions. www.scope-art.com About Babelgum.com A free, revolutionary Internet and Mobile TV platform supported by advertising, Babelgum combines the full-screen video quality of traditional television with the interactive capabilities of the Internet and offers professionally produced programming on-demand to a global audience. Founded in 2005, Babelgum's goal is to act as an international 'glue', bringing a huge range of professional and semi-professional content to a global audience - like a modern-day Tower of Babel. The bubble logo is a fun visual pun on the company name, but also reflects Babelgum's commitment to a green, global future. www.babelgum.com
Raphaele Shirley 0910 Light Shots May 21 - June 19, 2010 Opening Reception: May 20, 6 - 8pm
The Chelsea Art Museum is pleased to present 0910 Light Shots by Raphaele Shirley, a site-specific multi-media artwork for The Project Room for New Media. In this new work Raphaele displays her dexterity in use of diverse mediums and materials such as light, fog, sensors and mirrors by which she carves ephemeral sculptures in time and space, re-evaluating elemental yet elusive aspects of the world around us.
0910 Light Shots is a continuation of her light based multi-media work such as Jewels of Kvinesdal in Norway (2009) and Shooting Stair (2009) published by Dorfman Projects in NY. In these recent works Raphaele mingles the spatial clarity and structure of minimalism with the dynamic and virtual qualities of new media and technology. Using light beams to draw lines and planes in space, she constructs both the visible evidence of basic geometry and the invisible and undefined structures of space into which these exist and extend. The piece created for the Project Room for New Media will be at once a site-specific ephemeral object and an interactive installation; the composition evolving in color and perspective according to the viewer’s position within. The electric presence of this irradiant sculpture takes root in basic physics, creating an arrestingly essential visual space and an environment for contemplation and reflection, whilst underlining primary phenomena intrinsic to our surroundings and exploring principles of perception.