Ronan Lee, @WET GREEN
Mammals by Ronan Lee
12 December – 20 December 2020
Wet Green, Newmarket Plaza (the alleyway between Kent and Teed Streets), Newmarket, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.
Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm; Sun, 11am-4pm
In an address both pointed and circuitous, Mammals draws on ideas surrounding isolation, fraying subjectivities and collective identity. Framed images show re-lensed wildlife photography, manipulated and overlaid with resin raindrops; while sculptural elements signify the artistic process. By turns wry and melancholy, the photographs form part of Lee’s ‘Ideological Drift’ series, an ongoing project that the artist has been working on since 2018. The term ideological drift was conceived by legal scholar Jack Balkin as the possible co-option of ideas from their original contexts to serve sometimes contradictory and unexpected aims. Mammals is a mise-en-scène of social, political and cultural observation.
Ronan Lee (b. 1992) is an artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau. He is a founding board member at Samoa House Library (2017-current) and is part of the artist collective who founded Neo Gracie (2019). Lee graduated with an MFA from Elam School of Fine Arts in 2019 and exhibited recently at TCB art inc in Melbourne (2019) and Window gallery in Auckland (2018)
Ronan Lee, studio view [Mammals], 2020. Image courtesy of the artist and Wet Green.