[NetBehaviour] Action for Freedom, New Works by Lee Wells

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Mon Feb 7 19:45:18 CET 2011


Rooster Gallery Contemporary Art announces ?Action For Freedom: New  
Works by Lee Wells,"
featuring new video action paintings from the ?Soul Series,? opening  
on Thursday February
17, 2011.

Soul Shooting

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.

Cellar Shots

In the main gallery, the ?Soul Series,? is comprised of life sized  
brightly painted,
pseudoexpressionist portraits that have aggressive holes blasted  
through their surface,
revealing found video footage of actual social unrest, suicide  
bombers, police brutality
and military combat that expose our totalist media information world.  
Not only do these
works inevitably question the act of painting in line with that of  
COBRA and Fluxus art
but also attempt to offer a perspective into the global post-traumatic  
stress found
within society today.

Debord's Egyptian Holiday

In the lower level, the artist presents realistic grisaille paintings,  
which include an
oversized portrait of the US Army Ranger, football star Pat Tillman  
and friendly fire
casualty along with small intimate nude portraits of veiled women,  
which form a silent
fetishized audience to Wells? first feature length film titled  
?Freedom Club.? Based
loosely on the writings of Guy Debord, Ted Kaczynski and his own, the  
film is an
experimental modern day science fiction faerie tale about love,  
revolution and freedom in
the post-technological age.

Wells? immersive high definition works for ?Video Forest? are  
currently on view through
2014 at the Kimpo International Airport, Seoul, Korea, and was most  
recently commissioned
by the Guggenheim Museum to write an essay on new video art and the  
Avant-garde, titled,
"Andy, Nam June and Me at the Zoo."

His artwork and projects primarily question systems of power and  
control and have been
exhibited internationally for over 15 years, including the 51st Venice  
PS1/MoMA, New York, NY; and the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg,  
Russia. In
addition, other Wells? works are held by the Art Institute of Chicago,  
Chicago, IL.; the
National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow; the Walker Art Center,  
Minneapolis, MN.;
U.S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle, PA.; and Hana Bank,  
Seoul, Korea.

The exhibition catalog, which includes an essay by independent curator  
Lara Pan, will be
publicly presented on Sunday, March 6, in affiliation with the Lower  
East Side Business
Improvement District and the Armory Arts Week 2011 gallery walk. The  
artist will be

More information please see: www.perpetualartmachine.com

For more information please contact:
Alexander Slonevsky at +1 212 230 1370 or alex (at) roostergallery (dot) com

Reception: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 6 ? 8pm
Catalog presentation: Sunday, March 6 2011, 12 ? 6pm
Exhibition Dates: February 17 to March 13
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. Closed Mondays.
Address: 190 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002


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