OCEAN POUNDS zine, edition June 14, 2021

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Four poems by Holly Lee


Selected from "Seventeen Poems (clippings from THE NEW YORK TIMES in between 2018 to 2020)"

1
Break out of your social bubble
Turning tyranny into a client
Walt Disney 65 dies on coast
founded an empire on a mouse
A year of living better 12 how-to-guides
Safest place for money may be your mattress
Steeped in the brine of nostalgia
Atlantic ocean for the black sea
A trek for days on foot and on knee
to honour the No. 1 mother*

Assume crash position
Shop the apocalypse

12.16.2018
*the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City


2
How to write a crossword clue
Whole House Music. Smart. Simplified.
Don't toss your tree. After Christmas, it can shore up sand dunes, or feed goats.
She lost her sight, but never her vision for a better life
Unforgettable events demand an unparalleled space
Surviving the instagram horde
as old school as they come, suddenly get hot
Pretty perks for Chinese coders
It's a dog's world in the lab
You, too, can have abs like a figure skater
It's sweet (and calm) at the top
A peach cobbler so good a restaurant critic said it made ‘my soul should burst into four-part harmony’
I would like a room, please, and a music festival
Google doesn't hate owls
Sickness comes for us all
Trump's field trip to the forever war
My embroidery is a feminist act
What if vowels go walking and never come back?

12.31.2018


3
A frozen reservoir melting away
Love, Android style, sexy and confusing
Skating through history
When 'Your commanding officer is your breath'
Furloughed workers turning to pawnshops
Stocking up on the radon water
Raised on a revolution, he now teaches code
Filling the roster of your house-repair team
A soulful Robot made to be hugged
Pushing past her comfort zone
Big tech is watching

01.20.2019


4
Real Estate window shopping
There's no place like the perfect home
Who knew Ontario speaks French?
Why you should choose a hearing device with two microphones
Auschwitz
Not long ago. Not far away
The rise of Huawei
A new red scare
This is about real change
and this is our ongoing commitment to our customers
The 'rush' of a poet Laureate
You're healing well. Now let's discuss our fiscal health
What to do with the stuff that's cluttering your home
The real wall isn't at the border
What path takes you to Congress
Free stuff comes at a price
Pretty much my whole house is furnished with Amazon Vine
When you're drowning in beauty product samples
Which city will you explore
Take a DNA test, then buy an airplane ticket
Pittsburgh embraces a father of zombies
Fun and fast
Together at last

01.27.2019

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Coming publication from OCEAN POUNDS -
"The Air is like a Butterfly", a collection of poems by Holly Lee.

Irina Schestakowich - (drypoint+stitching flower) #1

Availabe at the gallery

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Shelley Savor
Staying Inside

Drawing, on paper
8 1/4" X 11 1/2"
Signed on front, titled on verso

Available at the gallery

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YESTERDAY HONG KONG

Yau Leung (1941-1997) is a highly regarded photographer in Hong Kong. Born in the war years, the city has always been the heart and core of his photography. His work does not belong to the avant-garde nor pictorial genre, he inherited a working style mixed with American Modernism, and to a great extent inspired by the idea of Henri Cartier-Bresson's "fixing eternity in an instant". He had been scouting often around streets big or small, capturing decisive moments and hence coined by people the "Bresson of Hong Kong". For more than forty years, he amassed an immense album of lives and activities of the ordinary people, the fast-changing faces, and vigorous movements in this increasingly cosmopolitain city, forming an integral part of visual memories of Hong Kong from the sixties to nineties.

There was an article on Yau Leung written by Liam Fitzpatrick in the September issue of Time Magazine, not only mourning his untimely death at such pivotal moment when Hong Kong was just returned to China, but troubled by the regrettable fact that the passing of one of Hong Kong's greatest photographers was not properly acknowledged and commemorated by the general public. In the late nineties, Yau had just started to gain some reputation as an artist and in some respect, the return of Hong Kong to China played an important part, raising the importance of his work in the Hong Kong photo history. And within a few years before 1997, there was a high demand for his photographs in the market. The quality and contents Yau's photographs possess without doubt attracted many collectors, either for investment or sentimental reasons, but it was also true for those who were uncertain about the future of Hong Kong, who were preparing to leave the colony and grabbing the chance to own a piece of Hong Kong history before the handover, in other words, preserving a piece of memory of the city's golden era.

Successful sales of his photo works motivated Yau to adopt a new working space. Always working alone, Yau died accidentally in 1997 from injuries sustained in a fall in his lab. His sudden death resulted in fewer of his photographs appearing on the market, since most of his silver prints were made according to orders.

Presently, Yau Leung's photographs at OCEAN POUNDS are mainly selected from Lee Ka-sing's collection. Being good friends, with photography as a shared passion, Lee worked closely with Yau for the publishing of Yau's two early monographs “Images of Hong Kong” and “Growing up in Hong Kong”. Lee had also written a column for PHOTO ART, the magazine which Yau published in the 80s. As Lee recalls they met up for lunch almost once every week. In 1995 when Ka-sing and Holly initiated the OP Editions project to promote collecting photography in Hong Kong, two of Yau’s work, the “Two Women” and “Gloucester Road” were included in that year. Decades after these images have become the most recognized and iconic photographs from Yau Leung's oeuvre. With success of the OP Print Program, Lee started to represent Yau, procedurally setting up a cross section of Yau's work in limited editions, with a good amount of photographs sold.

Yau Leung, before his unexpected death, was quite active and had appeared in solos and group exhibitions in Hong Kong. In 1997, Lee Ka-sing also organized Yau Leung’s work in an exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery in London and the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver. Twenty two years later, in June 2019, Sotheby’s Gallery in Hong Kong presented the exhibition “Vision of Hong Kong from Two Generations: Yau Leung and Lee Ka-sing”. The photographs of Yau Leung were drawn from the Lee Ka-sing Collection. As the exhibition title indicated, two visions of Hong Kong in two generations, it has also reflected the friendship between these two photographers, their common contributions to the Hong Kong photography scene, and unequivocally, their undying love of the city's culture. Beside numerous private collections, Yau Leung’s photographs are now in the collection of Tate Britain Museum, M+ Museum and Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

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Yau Leung
Crowds celebrating New Year in front of Hong Kong And Shanghai Banking building

Gelatin silver photograph, fibre-based

Paper size 198mmx249mm (8x10 inches), image size 171mmx205mm
Work year 1969, printed in the nineties
Edition 2/100
Signed on verso by the artist


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Yau Leung
Close-up of Hong Kong And Shanghai Banking Corporation building

Gelatin silver photograph, fibre-based
Paper size 198mmx249mm (8x10 inches), image size 174mmx250mm
Work year 1963, printed in the nineties
Edition 1/100
Signed on verso by the artist

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Yau Leung
Laughing faces of children

Gelatin silver photograph, fibre-based
Paper size 198mmx249mm (8x10 inches), image size 169mmx203mm
Work year 1963, printed in the nineties
Edition 1/100
Signed on verso by the artist


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Yau Leung
Car park

Gelatin silver photograph, fibre-based
Paper size 198mmx249mm (8x10 inches), image size 170mmx219mm
Work year 1963, printed in the nineties
Signed and titled on verso by the artist


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Yau Leung
People celebrating in a resettlement building block

Gelatin silver photograph, fibre-based
Paper size 198mmx249mm (8x10 inches), image size 172mmx197mm
Work year 1965, printed in the nineties
Edition 1/100
Signed on verso by the artist


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1. DOUBLE DOUBLE (published on Fridays, Holly and Ka-sing)
2. MONDAY ARTPOST (columns by Artists and Writers)

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OCEAN POUNDS and FOUNDERS

OCEAN POUNDS

OCEAN POUNDS is a platform for a number of art-driven projects, founded in 1995 (Hong Kong) by photo-based artists Holly Lee and Lee Ka-sing, headquartered in Toronto since 2000. OCEAN POUNDS is also a primo spot to acquire Holly and Ka-sing’s work - from the very recent to vintages dated back to late 70’s. Furthermore, it acts as a good resource to locate fine art pieces from their past organized projects (Gallery, Representation, Print Program), with work from prominent artists notably Nobuyoshi Araki, Christopher Doyle, Yau Leung and Yao Jui-chung.

Holly Lee

Holly Lee (Hong Kong/Canada) worked as a professional photographer for nearly two decades before relocating to Toronto in 1997. She was awarded an Asian Cultural Council fellowship in 1994 and was the recipient of the Grand Award and two Gold Awards from the Hong Kong Institute of Professional Photographers (1995) and Best of Multimedia in the Pan Pacific Digital Artistry Competition (1996). From 1992 to 1999 she was one of the founders and editors of DISLOCATION magazine, a Hong Kong-based monthly journal on contemporary photography. After moving to Canada in 1997 she helped to set up LEE KA-SING gallery in 2000. From 2006 to 2018 she was involved in INDEXG, coordinating the gallery’s exhibition programs. Her first poetry book Nine Years was publishing as a POD by OCEAN POUNDS in 2020.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holly_Lee

Lee Ka-sing

Lee Ka-sing grew up in Hong Kong and resides in Toronto, Canada since 1997. He was the co-founder of DISLOCATION (1992-1999 Hong Kong), a former independent photography magazine. In 1989, he was awarded “Artist of the Year” by Hong Kong Artists’ Guild. A decade later, in 1999 he received the Fellowship for Artistic Development presented by Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Selected monographs include Thirty-one Photographs (1993, Photo Art), Forty Poems, photographs 1995-98 (1998, Ocean & Pounds, Hong Kong Arts Development Council Publication Grant), The Language of Fruits and Vegetables (2004, Hong Kong Heritage Museum), De ci de là des choses (2006, Editions You-Feng). His work is in private and public collections, and in museums such as Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, M+ Museum and Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

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