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Night Owl Sonata (in one movement) by Holly Lee

(Twelve)
Every ten days I’m scribbling down some analog thoughts in a black leatherette Journal, which has 200 white ruled pages, each carrying 30 lines and Smyth sewn-bound to lay flat for writing - an activity I carry out at intervals using a recently excavated fountain pen and a bottle of Winsor & Newton dark blue calligraphy ink kept inside a 30 ml round bottle. I usually lay the satin ribbon marker on the page where I've just finished writing, fold it up and put it back on its usual shelf space, squeezing between Indian Vegetarian Cooking and The Times Atlas of the World. Yet this time something, which is always there but fails to draw my attention to catches my eye: a manufacturer trade mark printed in the journal's black/white vertical dotted lines back interior cover - Markings® by C.R. Gibson, bearing a Tennessee address, a website and the words Made in China. The company, which has a long history of making journals and stationery, started in 1870 in New York City. Am I surprised to find C.R. Gibson, the company that produced the journal I am using still exists and continues to flourish and thrive after one and a half centuries? For me, 150 years is a remarkably long time, long enough for a city, my city, to be erased of its history, and much too long for a digital culture, requiring not more than twenty years to take over my life. Now I free myself from pen and paper, ironically, not much out of my own will but necessity. Writing words with a processor, the condition of keeping drafts and manuscripts in their place of origin; a strange place that is both virtual and incorporeal, making it compulsory for any previous, first, second and third thoughts to be obliterated, as many times as needed by my digital big brother, who works hard and unrelentingly helping me change, delete, and write over without any messy traces. Always in my favourite Verdana fonts, legible and unlittered, my digital thoughts appear at all times perfect, clear and unaltered. Shouldn't I be grateful to this conveniency, untangling life's complexities, clearing out every trail I've tread, erasing what I was and what I could be? Contrary to this unerring, polished self-image benefit from my new age of learning, I prefer to revisit my old, unkempt selves, oftentimes jotting down muddy notes in the black journal, flipping over pages and studying carefully with a loupe from my decades long family albums, salvaging fragments of memories, mostly mine but some belong to others, to reinvent, to start, anew.


(Thirteen)
After a series of menacing thunder roars, the rain comes down. Consolable. It sounds just like an intense rainy day in Hong Kong, pinging splattering against the windows as I lay down on my small bed listening - in a different, bigger bed now, I wish I could move it closer to the windows, just to recapitulate the drumming, pitter-pattering sound I take in as my heart beats, my breathing, short and consuming. Now the rain comes down, I rush to see the rain hitting on my window pane, I stare, and I stand there listening, quite beside myself, in moments of rapture. Later, after the rain has stopped, I’d go back to my bedroom, pick up my fuzzy cat and give it a hug. Every morning after making the bed, I cover it with a blue linen bedspread bought from Istanbul, and after giving the green-eye knitted cat a kiss, I’d lay it down in between the two pillows. To put a toy animal on bed is a habit I picked up, unconsciously from my aunt and uncle, who used to put a small stuffed lion toy to decorate their bed; and from this reflection, I believe my cousin, his hot temper and drinking habit, must be bequeathed to him by his father - my uncle, who after work everyday, would go to drink with colleagues as a way to escape his high-pressure job. These days, when I look into the mirror, I find my mother’s face in her old age, that I should be happy, that she was a great beauty in her younger days, that I only regret my inheritance comes a bit too late.

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ISTANBUL POSTCARDS
(Double Double, Winter 2, 2019)
by Holly Lee


8×10 inch (20×25 cm), 60 pages, softcover, perfect binding
Published by OCEAN POUNDS, 2021

About the Book
ISTANBUL POSTCARDS is a piece of creative work, a collaboration between Holly Lee and Lee Ka-sing, incorporating fiction and photographs in eighteen hand-made postcards of a fabricated journey.

This book documents the project in detail, with life size reproduction of the eighteen original postcards, both front and verso. It also includes an introduction about the project written by Holly Lee.
 
In the Fall of 2018, three friends, Lee Ka-sing, Kai Chan and Holly Lee spent almost two weeks traveling in Istanbul. Returning home, flooded with indelible experiences and vibrant memories they re-examined their journey in an art exhibition “A Year After Istanbul”, which eventuated in 2019. Istanbul Postcards was planned to be part of that exhibition.

Istanbul Postcards was produced in 2019, one year after the actual trip in 2018. In the book, Holly Lee described the project, “was actually conceived around March in 2019: as a fiction, a reimagined Journey to Istanbul. It was alleged to be included in A Year After Istanbul. Ka-sing collaborated with me by applying his diptych images from Istanbul and printed out 18 handsome and unique postcards. I wrote little stories on each of them, sent over to a friend Cem Turgay, a photographer who lives in Istanbul, who was supposed to mail them back one by one, to Kai in Toronto. This prankish idea was to cheat Kai, when he received the postcards he would believe, without a single thread of doubt that Ka-sing and I had visited Istanbul for a second time”.

The Istanbul postcards originals were published in DOUBLE DOUBLE, in the 1129-2019 issue. This book is now released in 2021, as “Double Double, Winter 2, 2019” under the title ISTANBUL POSTCARDS. The contents were based on the previously mentioned ezine, with additional materials.

Order this publication

ISTANBUL POSTCARDS is available in two versions: POD (print-on-demand) book in perfect binding; and ebook for desktop, iPad or Kindle platform.

Print-on-demand version:
CAD $25.00 (plus tax, shipping)
Purchase this book direct from the printing company BLURB
https://www.blurb.ca/b/10800227-istanbul-postcards

Ebook version (for desktop, iPad or Kindle)
CAD $4.99 (plus tax), download
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https://www.blurb.ca/ebooks/pa36f20a73f95b7267133

A selection of works by Shelley Savor

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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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