Last week my video Presence of Absence was included in Drive-by Video – a public art project in which the works of 15 artists were projected onto the walls of seven empty commercial spaces at the newly built Prestige Plaza in Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore. Also playing was Ink – a video collaboration with Smriti Mehra.
Artists: Abhishek Hazra, Abhiyan Humane, Aileen Blaney, Alison Byrnes, Chinar Shah, Leslie Johnson, Matt Lee, Otto Mogren, Rachita Rao, Siddhanth Shetty, Smriti Mehra, Tahireh Lal, Ujjwal Utkarsh, Upasna Bhatia, Vinayak Nagesh
The project was curated by Leslie Johnson, Smriti Mehra and Siddharth Shetty.
On Sunday 8th November at 12:45pm my video animation Presence of Absence will be broadcast on Odessa, a regional cable TV channel in Ukraine.
The video is part of a media activism project curated by Mariia Gonchar – “TV has attacked us all our lives, now we fight back. Now we make our own TV”. During October and November videos will be broadcast twice a week, Saturday and Sunday. Information about the project, the participating artists and broadcasting times can be found on the project website and blog.
My ‘Presence of Absence’ series is currently a part of ‘Action – Reaction’, an exhibition at Roll Up Gallery in San Francisco. Curated by Betty Bigas, the show also features work by Lani Tanaka, Eugene Rodriguez, Alex Luke and Rocky Villanueva.
Information about the exhibition and the artists involved can be read here. Photographs from the opening can also be seen here.
‘Action – Reaction’ runs until 20th May.
Last year I completed an MA in Digital Arts at Camberwell College of Arts. Today I found out that my Masters work is the new homepage image for the University of the Arts London website. Considering the quality of student work that comes out of these six London art colleges, this really is a huge honour.
My ‘Presence of Absence’ series is now showing on Tasveer Online.
Tasveer Online is a web-based project space and exhibitions platform for photography. The site has been put together by Tasveer, a contemporary photography gallery in India, in order to further promote photography in addition to gallery’s physical exhibition programme.
See the full series and the accompanying artist statement here.
My recent ‘Presence of Absence’ print series has been featured on the fantastic It’s Nice That website. I really like their description of the work:
Matt Lee’s Presence of Absence photographic series features a “decontextualised black shape” looming ominously over a Bangalore apartment block. The title of the work suggests the shape is some kind of infinite void of time and space, poised on the brink of causing unthinkable chaos and destruction. Or perhaps it’s a giant black obelisk serving as a memento mori constantly reminding us of our fleeting time on this mortal plane. Either way it’s very sinister, or I’m very paranoid.
Yesterday evening was the private view for our MA Digital Arts show at Camberwell College of Arts. Thank you to all those that came along.
To find out more about my MA work, please visit my project blog.