0419-2019

DOUBLE DOUBLE
Writings/ Photographs/ Poetry/ Archives
A Holly Lee and Lee Ka-sing online magazine. Published on Fridays.
李家昇黃楚喬網上雜誌,逢星期五出版

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CURRENT WORK

Sushi Grass in Paradise (A story)

written by Holly Lee
with photographs by Lee Ka-sing

 


(12) George and Wandy

It is already early March. As one steps into the much anticipated March break, the weather in Toronto also starts to loosen its freezing grid. A succession of snowstorms created snow piles almost 2 meters tall on the roadsides of the city, and when the snow banks melt, one icy layer upon another, slushy puddles and minor flooding occur everywhere, making it difficult to get across from one street to another. Looking out from the eighteenth floor skyscraper window, there are just two zebra crossings from George and Wandy's condominium to Mr. Bento's home. That's why, on this Wednesday afternoon, when the sun finally breaks out, bright and high above, when the temperature is a good 8 degree celsius, when they have taken enough rest journeying back from their Winter home in Hong Kong, George and Wandy, Mr. Bento's long time friends, decide to drop by his place with their home-made banana walnut cake.

What's actually more behind this seemingly casual visit, exists a big secret and a grand plan.

"Hey nice to have you back!" opening the door, Mr. Bento greets George and Wandy each with a big hug.

"We heard the weather has been awful in Toronto, have you got someone to help you shovel?"

"Lucky for me this year, part of the snow removal has been taken care of. Our neighbouring condominiums employ small tractor snow plows and have been using them after each snowfall. But me and Ginger still have to cover a lot of ground after hitting by one snowstorm after another, with that white stuff piling up to more than three feet high! Our driveway also has to be cleared to accommodate guests' cars." Mr. Bento shows more excitement than trouble when he talks about the snow hazard. "Now enough of our woes. I do hope you have better news to bring us."

"Ah-ah better news…," George squints his eyes a little and sweeps towards Wandy, with a secretive smile. Wandy returns with a cryptic, but slightly mischievous look. After a minute of silence, which seems like an hour, George clears his throat.

"We've won a Jackpot." says George, in a steady but still trembling voice that can no longer contain its excitement, "it's twenty-three millions!"

"No way, that's…that's one shot in almost 14 million! Have you actually collected the money?" Mr. Bento's glasses almost fall as he looks at George with disbelief.

"It's already in the bank. We're not required to pay tax on the winnings but there's a tax on the interest we've earned. We've got to look into ways of protecting this hell of a fortune before we go insane. It's simply too ... too good to be true, and now we're afraid of waking up the next morning and finding it all but a dream."

"We're still in the state of ecstasy, and trying to make sense with this huge sum, where it will go and if it goes, is it the best use and value. Of course the major struggle with this fortune is saying "no" to friends and family when they hop in for some share." Wandy said with some degree of seriousness in her face.

"We do have a plan in mind to use the money effectively, and in some ways, to fulfil our dream, or the dream of many others." George mumbles in a low and hardly audible voice.

"Then share it, see if it's my dream too…" Mr. Bento, a usually low key person, shares uncontrollable excitement and chock-full positivity as he pours out these words.

"Sushi Grass in Paradise" is an on-going story. To read the full length version with previous chapters, please visit-  https://oceanpounds.com/blogs/sushi-grass-in-paradise

 

VINTAGE WORK

Lee Ka-sing
De ci de là des choses series (work year 2004-2005)

The De ci de là des choses series was originally produced for an exhibition in Paris in 2004, and Saorge Monastery in Southern France (2006). It was a collaboration with Hong Kong poet and writer Leung Ping Kwan (1949-2013). Twenty pieces of c-type exhibition prints were produced. In 2019, a selection of 12 works from this series will be released in a new edition of archival pigment prints - 17x22 inches, each in edition of 10.

In 2006, Editions You-Feng published a 92 pages catalogue about this exhibition, included all 20 images, as well as Ping Kwan's poems in Chinese and the French translation. Catalogue size: 6.25x9.75 inches. We originally proposed to create an artist-book with my design. When the publication project was confirmed, I was so overwhelmed and occupied about the renovation and moving to a new space at 50 Gladstone Avenue, that in the end, they worked out a very simple version on their own.

 

 
中國現代藝術在火窩雙年展
Chinese contemporary art at the Shabu-Shabu Biennale


吉石大道五十號
50 Gladstone Avenue


荒木經惟論
On Nobuyoshi Araki


在香港「中國俱樂部」的毛主席像
Chairman Mao Portrait in Hong Kong's "China Club"


杜可風在多倫多電影節
Christopher Doyle at Toronto Film Festival


我從四人幫的故居移民來到七人幫發源地
I emigrate from Gang of Four's former residence to Group of Seven's place of origin


北美旅行團萬錦市太古廣場在摩托羅拉手機屏幕上看香港
North America tour group watches Hong Kong on a Motorola cell phone screen at Pacific Mall, Markham


噢!原來你不是李嘉誠
Oh! So you are not Li Ka-shing...


我開設在「味香村」的畫廊及其他分店
My gallery and its branches operated at Asian Legend restaurant


在Skype 與火星人談情
Love-chat with a Martian at Skype


試論「多倫多攝影節」與「滿地可攝影節」之異同
A comparison of CONTACT Photo Festival Toronto and Le Mois de la Photo Montreal


寫一本150 GigaByte的小說
Writing a 150 gigabyte novel

 

 

PAPER TALK

Appropriation
written by Holly Lee

During the end of 70's to the 80's and 90's, there were abundant good portrait and self-portrait work. Photo artists such as Cindy Sherman, Gilbert & George, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, and Yasumasa Morimura, just to name a few, were producing remarkable work, either autobiographical or using appropriation. We caught wind in the early 90's.

At that time we published a magazine called DIGI, featuring works created on the digital platform. In one issue we played with the idea of Appropriation. It was an issue of less seriousness and poking fun on the theme. By using fabricated names, Ka-sing and I had each produced two works (other artists including David Lui and Tommy Kam-fai Li). We appropriated Pierre et Gilles, Kaoru Ijima (for the colour) and Hiroshi Nonami (for the wings), Gilbert & George and Yokoo Tadanori. The other noted artists appropriated were Robert Rauschenberg (as Robert Oschenberg by David Lui), Louis Fishauf (as Lewis Fishauf by David Lui), Ron Chan (as Rom Chan by Tommy Kam-fai Li). There was an article written by Blues Wong "IN SEARCH OF DUCHAMP'S POWER PC - The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Simulation". We titled that special issue as Magic Hour issue. It was published in 1994.



(as Pierre et Gals by Holly Lee)

 


(as Yuki Tokoro by Holly Lee)


(as Tandoori Yokoo by Lee Ka-sing)

 


(as Garbo & George by Lee Ka-sing)

 

This portrait posing Barthélémy and Florian in 2014 (directed and photographed by P et G, also in the picture) was an reenactment of the self-portrait of Pierre and Gilles in 1978. Interestingly, it strikes us as it is also Pierre and Gilles' appropriation to their own self-portrait work.

(Right) Autoportrait 78 (Barthélémy Seng, Florian Balicco) by Pierre and Gilles (work produced in 2014)

 

OP EDITIONS


Stephen Cheung
Dry Fruit #01, 1995 (#95P0113)
8"x10", chromogenic photograph
(printed in 1995)
OP Edition, with "OP editions" blind-stamp
Edition 9/20, signed, titled, numbered on verso
Featured in the OP EDITIONS catalogue, issue 9502 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. Some of the photographs from OP EDITIONS are available at OCEAN POUNDS online shop.

 

BOOKSCAPE

DIGI
Volume One (1994), Volume Two (1995-1996)

Published by CameraworksEdition, Hong Kong
Format: 8.5x11 inch
Volume One (1994), a compilation of 7 issues, 112 pages
Volume Two (1995-1996), a compilation of 6 issues, 96 pages
Cover jackets by Lee Ka-sing

 

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DOUBLE DOUBLE
Issue 0419-2019

A Holly Lee and Lee Ka-sing online magazine. Published on Fridays.
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Holly and Ka-sing currently live in Toronto with their daughter Iris, and their cat Sukimoto.

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