OP zine, 28-November-2020

The Hero Playing with a Red Rubber Band

Lee Ka-sing
The Hero Playing with a Red Rubber Band (1995)

Dye-sublimation print, vintage (printed 1996)
8.5x12 inch (216mm x 307mm)
Signed on verso

“The Hero Playing with a Red Rubber Band” is one from a suite of twenty photographs - the FORTY POEMS series Lee Ka-sing produced from 1995 to 1996. The whole series, presented as ONE work, is the psychological landscape of an individual in the city of Hong Kong at the turning point of an era.

The FORTY POEMS series was shown at Tower Gallery in Yokohama in 1996, an exhibition curated by Iizawa Kotario. In 2001, the series was shown in Wien, Austria, an exhibition under the title “RE-CONSIDERED CROSSINGS: REPRESENTATION BEYOND HYBRIDITY”, work of nine contemporary artists from Hong Kong.

“The Hero Playing with a Red Rubber Band” is a vintage piece (out of three) printed in 1996 for the exhibition. Only one complete set of vintage print for the FORTY POEMS series were made, which is currently in the collection M+ Museum (Hong Kong).

“The Hero Playing with a Red Rubber Band” was published in Lee Ka-sing’s monograph “Forty Poems, Photographs 1995-98” (OP fotogallery, 1998), with a publishing grant from the Hong Kong Art Development Council.

Mothers

Holly Lee
Mothers (1995)
8 x 10 inch, C-type photograph, edition: 18/20 (printed 1995)
"OP editions" embossed on lower right corner
Signed on verso with pencil

I am always attached to objects. They bring me memories, not just of my life, but sometimes lives of others that I’d like to imagine, truths and secrets that I could never find out but can make up in a fictitious manner. I found “mother”, a small glass figurine in Krakow, Poland. Holding it up to the light, and turning it at different angles, her profile, the way she holds the baby, the folds and falls of her garments are revealed momentarily, in fresh perspectives, adding a little something to this otherwise ordinary object born out of mass production. But of course it represents more than this, beyond being just an object, it’s an icon. And I cannot forget what it means to be a mother, especially the mother to all, the responsibility, the reliability, compassion and unconditional love, the sorrow. In fact, I didn’t think that much when I first produced the picture, but it keeps me thinking, and a lot of after thoughts.

Mothers, editioned eighteenth of twenty, is from the legendary OP Print Program produced in Hong Kong from 1995 to 1999. It appeared as one in the group of forty prints (by various artists) in the Program in 1995. After an exhibition in the same year, the forty prints were purchased in its entirety by Agfa-Gevaert to enrich its collection on contemporary photography.

Luke Ramsey - small drawing

Luke Ramsey
Untitled #1
work on paper (2008)
60mm x 135mm, original drawing
signed and dated on front

Tseng Kwong Chi - World Trade Center

Tseng Kwong Chi (1950–1990)
World Trade Center, New York City, 1979
8x10 inches, estate print (printed 2001)
edition 145/500
on verso: estate stamp, number, date

Photographer and conceptual artist Tseng Kwong Chi 曾廣智 was born in Hong Kong, educated in Canada and Paris, and settled in New York where he befriended artists in the vibrant downtown arts scene of the late 1970s and 1980s. He documented such luminaries as Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, photographing these artists in intimate and revealing portraits. His best-known work, “East Meets West,” is a series of self-portraits taken at iconic sites around the world.

Le Système des objets (a column)

Kitchen Knife
by Kai Chan

When I arrived to Toronto over 50 years ago, a friend of mine took me to Honest Ed’s to get some basic kitchen utensils. One of them is this knife, which has a serrated cutting edge. At the time I thought Canadians were so cleaver that they would make a knife that is easy to use and needs no sharpening. I had to laugh when I found out later that this smart tool is a bread knife. It remains a cherished memento of the beginning of my immigrate life. I am still using it, as a bread knife, of course.

(Le Système des objets is a new column about OBJECTS, with contributions by various authors. The column name is borrowed from the title of a book by Jean Baudrillard. )

November 29 to December 12, 2020

Irina Schestakowich is a poet of flowers. She draws, she prints, she stitches, colours and scatters, and lets them live on papers. Through her abundant art pieces of flowery imageries, we find silent poems, beauty, touches of melancholy, precious lines and thoughts resonating, like in the famous poem of Flower-Gathering by Robert Frost:

I left you in the morning,
And in the morning glow,
You walked a way beside me
To make me sad to go.
Do you know me in the gloaming,
Gaunt and dusty gray with roaming?
Are you dumb because you know me not,
Or dumb because you know?

All for me And not a question
For the faded flowers gay

That could take me from beside you
For the ages of a day?
They are yours, and be the measure
Of their worth for you to treasure,
The measure of the little while
That I've been long away.

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(drypoint+stitching flower) #1

Irina Schestakowich
(drypoint+stitching flower) #1
Etching Drypoint and stitching, unique(signed on front)
13x10 inch

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(drypoint+stitching flower) #2

Irina Schestakowich
(drypoint+stitching flower) #2
Etching
Drypoint and stitching, unique
(signed on front)
13x10 inch

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(drypoint+stitching flower) #3

Irina Schestakowich
Etching
Drypoint and stitching, unique
(signed on front)
12.5x8.5 inch

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(drypoint+stitching flower) #4

Irina Schestakowich
Etching
Drypoint and stitching, unique
(signed on front)
12.5x8.5 inch

$250
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(drypoint flower) #1

Irina Schestakowich
Etching,
2/3 (signed on front)
7x11 inch

$200
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(drypoint flower) #2

Irina Schestakowich
Etching,
1/4 (signed on front)
7x11 inch

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(drypoint flower) #3

Irina Schestakowich
Etching,
3/3(signed on front)
7x11 inch

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(flower)

Irina Schestakowich
Etching, unique
(signed on front)
9x10 inch

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(Sunflower) #1

Irina Schestakowich
Etching, unique
(signed on front)
4x6"

$80
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(Sunflower) #2

Irina Schestakowich
Etching, unique
(signed on front)
4x6"

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November 29 to December 12, 2020

Camel was the Father of GPS
written by Holly Lee

Lee Ka-sing started to write poetry at the tender age of fourteen. After ten years, photography took over poetry, and within the next two decades, poetry, in return, would greatly influence his thinking on photography. Today, fifty some years after he wrote the first poem, in a heartbeat he would say I write poem with photography. In the exhibition Camel was the Father of GPS, every photograph offers a poem, captured vividly with just one or two lines, the rest is clear - it is there to motivate, so let your imagination fly! There is no lack of response to his images. They discharge certain universal, mesmeric charms, not to dictate, but to unfold the many possibilities of reading. The images are personal yet impersonal, one poem leading to another, without a full stop.

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(vibration waves)

Lee Ka-sing
BIBLIOTHEKA edition from Z FICTION series (2010)
8x10 inch
Archival Pigment Print, inkjet
signed

$200
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(next life)

Lee Ka-sing
BIBLIOTHEKA edition from Z FICTION series (2013)
8x10 inch
Archival Pigment Print, inkjet
signed

$200
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(climbing)

Lee Ka-sing
BIBLIOTHEKA edition from Z FICTION series (2011)
8x10 inch
Archival Pigment Print, inkjet
signed

$200
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(camel)

Lee Ka-sing
BIBLIOTHEKA edition from Z FICTION series (2011)
8x10 inch
Archival Pigment Print, inkjet
signed

$200
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(gender)

Lee Ka-sing
BIBLIOTHEKA edition from Z FICTION series (2010)
8x10 inch
Archival Pigment Print, inkjet
signed

$200
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(uphill)

Lee Ka-sing
BIBLIOTHEKA edition from Z FICTION series (2010)
8x10 inch
Archival Pigment Print, inkjet
signed

$200
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(strange song)

Lee Ka-sing
BIBLIOTHEKA edition from Z FICTION series (2010)
8x10 inch
Archival Pigment Print, inkjet
signed

$200
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DOUBLE DOUBLE: Box-in-a-Valise (on-site)

Photography work by Holly Lee and Lee Ka-sing

8.5×11 in, 22×28 cm
64 pages, perfect binding
Publish Date: April 29, 2020
CAD $23.79 (plus tax, shipping)

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DOUBLE DOUBLE: Box-in-a-Valise held at 50 GLADSTONE AVENUE from May 1 to September 30, 2020. This publication is a full documentation of the exhibition featuring 112 lots of exhibits.

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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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