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Ness Lee’s Space of Feeling Opens at Centre[3]

Ness Lee, Space of Feeling

The artist’s solo exhibition will run at the Hamilton art centre’s Main Gallery from September 8 – October 13

By Joseph Cicerone

In July, Toronto-based artist Ness Lee was named the 2023 Centre[3] x incite Foundation Residency artist. As part of the 12-week, self-directed program, Lee acquired dedicated studio time, space and technical support to explore ideas and techniques in Centre[3]’s facilities, which accommodate traditional printmaking, as well as digital printing, media arts, and textiles. As the residency soon comes to a close, Lee will be sharing the products of their residency in a solo exhibit titled space of feeling.

Ness Lee, Markham.
Elusive Desires, Ness Lee, a soft place to land, Installation view, Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 2021. Photo Toni Hafkenscheid.

Lee’s work, with its recognizable caricatures often depicted in black and white, has been shown in institutions such as the AGO, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Gardiner Museum, the Art Gallery of Markham, as well as galleries in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Taiwan, Montreal and Toronto. Spanning illustrations, murals, installations and ceramics, among other forms, Lee’s portfolio maintains a distinguished captivating quality, while drawing upon personal history and narratives of their diasporic cultural upbringing and identity as well as body, language and sexuality.

space of feeling
Ness Lee, “space of feeling,” 2023. Courtesy of the artist.

To mark the exhibit opening, Lee will be presenting a live street performance outside the Hamilton gallery during a one-night-only reception, painting from one side of the street to the other. For first-time viewers and long-time fans alike, the exhibit will showcase Lee’s artistic growth and ongoing ability to infuse their art with emotional depth and a sense of wonder. CENTRE3.COM.

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