Auckland Art Gallery showcases the work of Yona Lee in first 2022 exhibition

Auckland Art Gallery showcases the work of Yona Lee in first 2022 exhibition
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki has announced its first new exhibition opening for 2022, showcasing the work of Yona Lee, a New Zealand-Korean artist with a growing international reputation.

Opening in late February, Yona Lee: An Arrangement for 5 Rooms is the artist’s most ambitious solo exhibition to date.

Within the context of a global pandemic, restricted borders, and a changing relationship to public and private spaces, Yona Lee: An Arrangement for 5 Rooms negotiates the relationship we share with domestic and public spaces and objects. The five rooms of the Gallery’s park-side exhibition spaces take the meandering visitor on a journey through both densely and sparsely filled rooms.

Constructed entirely from stainless-steel tube, Lee picks up the signature handrail of the Gallery’s architecture and weaves it playfully through the building, turning it into sculpture, and supplying new seating and lighting for visitors.

She even pushes the railing into Albert Park where it knots and pauses in the shade of a neighbouring tree. Incorporating familiar signs, like the fabric of Auckland Transport seating and bus bells, this new sculptural installation will interweave common experiences of transit for many across the Auckland region.

“Yona’s work has a certain whimsy and playful sense of the uncanny to it, cleverly responding to the Gallery’s architecture, and enlivening our spaces. I am looking forward to visitors experiencing her work – both in the Gallery and in our neighbouring Albert Park,” says Auckland Art Gallery Director Kirsten Lacy.

“My ambition for this project is to activate the whole building. To break down the barriers between what is art and non-art, the inside and outside, the day and night, and the public and private. The highlight of the work is where it transitions from the inside to the outside. There is a sense of freedom in this moment that I believe is necessary for this current environment” says Lee, prior to the exhibition’s opening.

When: 26 February – 2 October

Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland, New Zealand

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