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A Holly Lee and Lee Ka-sing online magazine. Published on Fridays.
CURRENT WORK (1)
(storm night)- six photographs from the series "50 Gladstone Avenue 吉石大道50號, a macro and micro documentary in present tense"
CURRENT WORK (2)
Sushi Grass in Paradise (A story)
written by Holly Lee
with photographs by Lee Ka-sing
(6) Canada Post on strike. Again.
Mrs. Bento's room guest Yoshiko was expecting a letter she wrote to herself - just to prove the B&B's address was correct, and that the Canadian postal service could really deliver (she'd heard bad things about them). She would then feel comfortable to ask her friends in Japan to write her. She began to feel a little homesick after staying in Toronto for two months to attend a workshop about mindfulness. Unfortunately the timing was bad and she waited for two weeks in vain. Growing more anxious she went to the post office nearby to look for an answer - why would it take so long to deliver a letter from Toronto to Toronto? After all it was just five minutes walk from the B&B to the Post Office building, where she sent her letter. The address was written in her most legible handwriting, and with the help of the owner of the premise - Mrs. Bento's painstaking, word-by-word, alphabet-by-alphabet proof-reading. The staff on duty shrugged his shoulders, and told her Canada Post had suspended service delivery due to the backlogs caused by ongoing strike activity. In other words, she won't be getting the letter any time soon. Knowing that there was nothing she could do she asked Mrs. Bento to watch out for her letter, while juggling with the idea of going to the public library, and using the computers there to do more emailing. This however cautioned Mrs. Bento she didn't get her hydro, credit card or phone bills for quite some time. Had they already passed the payment deadlines? She started to get worry too about the interest incurred for delay payment. "Well, it's a good lesson learned if you don't take technology seriously. I should have signed up for ebills as every smart, forward-looking person do. Now they are making good excuse to charge me more!"
That Winter, amid the postal strike and Yoshiko's complaint about the failure to receive her letter, Mrs. Bento was surprised to find something in the mail box. It was a brown 6"x9" envelope. She cut it open with a pair of scissors and several postcards dropped out, each written with a message on the back side.
"Greetings from chilly Canada / This morning I went up the CN Tower / It is chilly in Toronto…"
The addressees on all three cards were different. Indeed the front of two postcards were images of the CN Tower, taken from two different angles, the third one was an aerial shot of Toronto, with the City Hall as the main focal point. Mrs. Bento doubted for a moment and thought she received something by mistake. She took another look at the envelope, which printed clearly her name. But wait, there was still something inside - through the cut mouth of the envelope she pulled out yet another card - a Christmas card.
Inside the card she found a hand-written note, reminding her the sender was one of the guests she accommodated last Winter. Anna, the sender, explained how she found the unsent postcards in her suitcase, only after three months of traveling. She would appreciate Mrs. Bento's help to send them out in Toronto. In thanking, Anna attached a Christmas card. This was a beautiful drawing of the Windy City: Chicago. In the middle of the drawing, an helicopter seen hovering above skyscrapers, carrying a Christmas tree of at least thirteen stories high.
Knowing that she had not opened a package belonging to someone else, or peeped into something private, Mrs. Bento felt relieved. Now, the question was, which Anna sent the letter? She had at least three or four Annas stayed with her before. She turned on her old PowerBook and slowly went through the booking database, trying to figure out which Anna fit most the profile of the person who sent her the package. Meanwhile her mind had wandered off to some 'backward' idea of sending friends postcards too, in her next travel.
Hallejujah! She had identified Anna Quin as the mysterious sender. It would just take her less than five minutes to the post office to send out these cards. But wasn't Canada Post still on strike? "Should I wait for a couple of weeks, or months before I send out Anna Quin's postcards? After all, these are really very very belated postcard greetings from Canada!"
"Sushi Grass in Paradise" is an on-going story. To read the last chapter please refer to the previous issue of DOUBLE DOUBLE.
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Soil gives birth to seedlings
Seedlings become big trees
Big trees bear fruits
All fruits enwrap seeds
Falling on the earth
A new life again
Si-ling nine years old
Poem, drawing, collage by Iris Lee (Si-ling)
It might be the drawing first, then the poem. It might even be a homework, a collaboration between child and parent. I thought I did the drawing and Iris wrote the poem but I was wrong. It was all hers and dated 1992, when she was nine. It was the best of years, and the worst. I was able to explore Eastern Europe, and cancer explored me. I am a survivor, pessimist to optimist and now, a brilliant escapist. I don't think about it anymore. When I saw Gary's drawing, I felt like I am that electric tree, with circuit branches struggling alone in icy cold air. (Holly Lee)
Electric Tree (from Gary Michael Dault's current notebook, (dated February 19, 2019. Poem dated February 27, 2019)
Kennedy Town (#95P0108)
8"x10", gelatin silver photograph
(work of 1988, printed in 1995)
OP Edition, with "OP editions" blind-stamp
Edition 8/20, signed, numbered, (dated 1988) on verso
Featured in the OP EDITIONS catalogue, issue 9501 in 1995
OP editions are limited edition photographs from the OP Print Program we organized since 1995. After we moved to Toronto, the Program was still in operation for the first five years. Over hundreds of artists have been included, with photographs released as small format limited editions, in 8”x10” fibre-based black and white or chromogenic colour photographs. We plan to publish here, a selection from the collection on a weekly basis.
Lee Ka-sing - a selection of six prints from a series of collaboration work with Tsang Tsou Choi
The series was first shown in CULTURAL CHOP SHUI 1, an exhibition curated by Lau Kin Wai in 1995. Produced in the same year, it was a suite in total of eight works. The original files were lost due to a computer break-down accident in the early year while we moved to Toronto.
8.25x11.75 inches, mono colour laser print on plain paper,
signed and numbered on front
Two books on Tsang Tsou Choi
THE STREET CALLIGRAPHY OF TSANG TSOU CHOI (1997)
5x13 inches, 80 pages
Published by KIN WAI'S WORKSHOP
Designed by Kacey Wong
KING OF KWOLOON: THE ART OF TSANG TSOU-CHOI (2013)
9.5x10.5 inches, 245 pages
Publshed by: DAMIANI (Italy)
Designed by: anothermountainman (Stanley Wong)
Gelatin silver photograph, 11x14 inches
Work year 1961, printed in the nineties
Signed on verso by the artist
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Holly and Ka-sing currently live in Toronto with their daughter Iris, and their cat Sukimoto.