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A Holly Lee and Lee Ka-sing online magazine. Published on Fridays.
CURRENT WORK (1)
Sushi Grass in Paradise (A story)
written by Holly Lee
with photographs by Lee Ka-sing
(9) A Breakfast Conversation and An Amateur Carpenter
"They are saying food in Japan have gone so wildly mutated that a new classification of food should enter the 21st century encyclopedia. Look at this one, a fish with beak of a bird!" exclaims Mr. Bento. It is breakfast time and both Mr. and Mrs. Bento are having their standard coffee and toast. Mrs. Bento leans over to her husband's iPhone and finds a frog with one leg; a strawberry that repeated itself four times taking the shape of a flower; a giant tomato, belching out numerous size and different colour offshoots from its belly, begins to look like the Arcimboldo vegetable man. What strange, beautiful and dangerous hybrid offsprings from that recent Fuhushima nuclear disaster! Oh Japan! Mrs. Bento instantly gets a flash back of huge square water melons - a picture taken in a Japanese laboratory years ago. "Weird science," she murmurs. She also recalls a photograph taken by a friend in the nineties. Her friend called it "Tomapple" - she meant it sort of a GM, genetically modified apple and tomato. Even before the millennium Mrs. Bento had no problem in relating to the term GM. What is the term now for a pear grown in nuclear soil? Thanks to her daughter Ginger, with the knowledge gathered from curling up in sofa with her and the cat Cigar night after night, watching every sci-fi series they can find on Netflix, she comes to know the term for altered human - the mutants.
Mr. Bento is not that interested in TV. He never watches anything just for the sake of pure entertainment. He'd rather build himself a sturdy wooden table bookstand, so he can flip some jumbo picture books, say, The Complete Paintings and Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, Human Footprint: Human activity in Satellite images, or Illustrated Historical Atlas of the County of York, which is a reprint of the maps of Toronto around 1878. He began doing some basic woodwork after moving to Toronto. It was always hard and expensive to find qualified handymen for even the simplest wood job, let alone plumbing, electrical or roof-top maintenance. Out of necessity Mr. Bento started from building book shelves, shelf supports, and soon upgraded his skills to tables, and recently he'd just built a bed frame - a tailor-made bed frame with enough height underneath to accommodate boxes of odds and ends he shipped from Hong Kong. If you have the right mind and time, ask him about some basic know-hows to doing good carpentry. He would muse on the question for a little while, and give you several good points.
• Tools tools tools. There are a lot of good tools available for doing woodwork in North America. So get the right tools for the right job.
• Know the kind of wood you are working with. There are different kinds of wood, soft/hard, cheap/expensive, grain/no grain.
• Basic scheme and structure for what you are building, for example, a 2 section shelving unit.
• The importance of finding supporting points (he remembers once he built a book shelf that's fat-belly)
• Don't ignore the details. A little enhancement made to support the structure will secure the finished piece a lot.
• Experience. Practice does not always make perfect. But it will improve your skill and proficiency. The quality of the new piece will always supersede the previous one.
• Never refuse a good friend to help him build a nice table bookstand for reading. Help him improve his body posture and soul trip by reading more books standing.
"Sushi Grass in Paradise" is an on-going story. To read the last chapter please refer to the previous issue of DOUBLE DOUBLE.
To read the full length "Sushi Grass in Paradise", please use this link
CURRENT WORK (2)
Selections from DUET series (work year 2019)
Photographs from DUET series are available in BIBLIOTHEKA Prints - 6.25x13 inches, with BIBLIOTHEKA blind-stamp, signed on verso.
Flower talking about her early childhood
Lee Ka-sing began his diptych project DUET in 2014. Over the years, more than a thousand diptychs were created. He describes the project as spontaneously as brush strokes on the pages of a sketchbook, or, a poem written daily.
View current and earlier diptychs at this link -
CURRENT WORK (3)
Poem by Holly Lee
A Still Life from the third-floor window in YoungPlace
The white ghost of CN Tower
corner brick buildings
pedestrian crossings and
traffic lights flickering
the five towering windows
each, divided in two halves
upper glass, a grid of criss-cross pattern
lined two verticals two horizontals
making nine slightly
On the fourth window pane
the skeleton of a huge old tree
its web-like fingers grabbing
a picture of your mother
in the distance
Trinity Bellwood Park
blanketed with coarse white powder
cotton candies dizzily whirling
brewing up another snowstorm
the first day I walked in
the last day I walked out
I attended a workshop at ICE (Institute for Creative Exchange, Americas) from February 27 to March 2 in 2019. It was steered by Gerardo Montiel, a renown Mexican photo artist that I've come to know more than a decade ago. His theme was Lens-based media and Sound.
After three days of really inspiring workshop, on the fourth day, Gerardo put together what he'd gathered from us as "home work" for an exhibition. It was called Memory is a trick, or maybe it's a trigger. I wrote the above poem during the last day of the workshop.
The number of us in the exhibition were: Mariana Barreto, Mirna Chacin, Ben Greisman, Holly Lee, Tsehale Makonnen and Manuel Rodriguez.
FIVE SENSES, a suite of five works for on wall display purpose (work year 2003)
Client: Asian Legend Restaurant, Toronto
8"x10", chromogenic photograph
(work of 1994, printed in 1996)
OP Edition, with "OP editions" blind-stamp
Edition 13/20, signed, numbered on verso
Featured in the OP EDITIONS catalogue, issue 9603 in 1996
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. Some of the photographs from OP EDITIONS are available at OCEAN POUNDS online shop.
Painting, 4.5x6.5 inches
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Holly and Ka-sing currently live in Toronto with their daughter Iris, and their cat Sukimoto.