Lee Sze-Chin


Born in 1979, Lee Sze-Chin is an artist and art educator. He received a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Goldsmith's College, London and has attended the Postgraduate Diploma in Education program at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Some exhibitions which he was involved in include “B.E.A.U.T.Y” at Utterly Art, Singapore and “See Singapore!” The Contemplation Room Project in Overgaden, Copenhagen, Mr Lee presents: Mr and Mrs. Lee’s Chinatown tour.

The Touring Native#1 work is part of a series which involves his taking photographs comprehensively of places, activities and objects which he considered intrinsic in the construction of a Singapore identity. Lee's images from this series are of scenes and objects that are disappearing from contemporary Singapore.

Group Shows:
1999 - The Chinese High School 80th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition, Singapore, Rusted Nails (August)
- Box Museum 2000, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan, Memory Box
2000 - "Heimat Kunst - Translation, Displacement and Location", Cologne, Germany, POST-Card Culture
2001 - "Spending Time with Raffles", Singapore High Commission, London, Mr. Lee presents: the Second Hand Tour
- "Deriving Spaces (Nokia Art Singapore 2001)", Singapore, Mr. Lee presents: Mr. and Mrs. Lee's Chinatown Tour
- "From a Distance (Nokia Art Singapore 2001)", Singapore,
- Touring Natives
- Contract Sale of Economy Bacon
- "Elephant and Castle Spectacular", London, UK,
- Ice Cream Van Project
- Safety Video

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Schedule for 26 April - 2 May 2003

Date: 26 April 2003 (Sat)
Times: 07:00 - 11.23 (GMT -6)
*21.00 - 01.23 (Singapore/Hong Kong)
*22.00 - 02.23 (Eastern Indonesia/Tokyo)
*20.00 - 00.23 (Bangkok/Jakarta)

Mr Lee Presents: Mr & Mrs Lee's Chinatown Tour (Lee Sze-Chin, Singapore)


Unpacking London: London's Finest TakeAway

A new exhibition by Woon Tien Wei, Lee Sze-Chin and Lim Kok Boon

Source: Press Release

Venue: 12A Perumal Road, Singapore 218778
Date: November 6 – 29, 2003
By appointment only

Supported by TAV: City as a Canvas programme

Text by Lim Kok Boon

With all scepticism accorded to young artists returned from an overseas art education, Unpacking London aims to look at the value of collected things, and sojourning in London, within the context of conceptual art and a private celebration of the opening of a new artist studio.

The exhibition starts with unopened shipping cartons neatly stacked in a room, with receipts of shipping and rough inventory lists and ends with photographs of visitors, catalogue of items, and a nifty catalogue of this event. An audio guide will be made available to private visitors.

Through the procedural action of unpacking, sorting 20 odd tea chest and bookcases, Tien, Sze-Chin and Boon will re-discover their personal belongings encased between one and a half year to two and a half years. This show is about a classification of objects with a measurable monetary exchange value and functional value, its shift towards a non-quantifiable sentimental value. It is also a presentation of documents, photographs, records of sojourn in London for 4 years respectively.

This show also alludes to passion and dilemmas of collecting. Walter Benjamin describes in Unpacking my Library: ‘…(Every) passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories’.

This collaborative exhibition is site specific and crosses the threshold of public viewing and private space. What will be interesting is how each of these artist deal with their accumulated possessions, surmounting storage woes, to the ‘closure’ event, or the ‘end of unpacking’ on November 29.

Please call Tel: (65) 9238 6609 or 9479 4908 for details. Catalogues only available from November 29.

Event Catalogue
Unpacking London: London's Finest Takeaway

Art in Conversation with Technology

PKW is proud to present “Art in Conversation with Technology” as part of its multi disciplinary talk on contemporary art in Singapore. Consisting of 3 sessions various practising artists will be presenting their works followed by floor discussion. The focus will be on how and why artists engage or disengage with technology in the process of art making.

The talk is free but limited seats available. Please call or email us early for reservations to avoid disappointment.

For more information on the invited artists, please contact the Gallery at: T +65 6292 7783 : F +65 6292 2936.

060903 Saturday

10.00 am
Introduction by Lim Kok Boon

Session 1 (10.15 am - 12.15 pm)
Does technology enable artists to express their art better?
Margaret Tan, Wil-kie Tan, Lim Kok Boon (moderator), Cheo Chai-Hiang and Cecily Briggs

12.30pm–1.30pm LUNCH

Session 2 (1.30pm. – 3.30pm)
Is contemporary art defined by the usage of technology?
Lim Shing Ee, Ye Shufang, Venka Purushothaman (moderator), Colin Reaney, Michael Lee

3.30pm. – 4.00pm TEA AND COFFEE BREAK

Session 3 (4.00pm – 6.00pm)
Do artists engage technology in their works, a question of choice or trend?
Lee Sze-Chin, Paul Lincoln, Pwee Kheng Hock (moderator), John Low, Khiew Huey Chian