September 20, 6-9 pm
Objects are never just that – they are a reflection of their surrounding. They come to life through their owners and assume whatever narrative the viewer reflects on them. They don’t speak to us but they do speak for us.
Focusing on the life of the object, Maria Jose Chica and Zac T Lee play with man’s other best friend: plants. Ubiquitous, discrete, alive, plants make contemporary life, which can feel segregated and sterile, a little more tangible.
Maria Jose Chica’s paintings explore layered realities of the interior space, putting into focus objects that serve to anchor individuals’ sense of belonging. Chica captures the personal landscape provided by used objects and domestic spaces, which in her mind are extensions of people’s identities and self-recognition. She reclaims things as mundane as a household plant, into imaginative, mysterious, and lively paintings.
Zac T Lee photographs derelict interiors and abandoned objects to show the essence of their former utility. He looks for familiar memories on unfamiliar settings– whether it’s in the corner of a restaurant or a florescent-lit waiting room. In this series, each photo looks like a portrait that feel candid and cruel at the same time. They show a stark juxtaposition of nature vs. man, and the inverse reality of a beautifying object seeming isolated and ugly.
Curated by Tara Aghdashloo
About the artists:
Maria Jose Chica is a painter born in Bogotá, Colombia (1986). She received her BA from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and moved to London in 2011 to receive an MA of Fine Art in Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She has been a part of group shows in Bogotá, Medellín and London. Chica recently collaborated in making video installations for a project on baroque music, Como era en un principio, performed in Colombia and Peru.
Zac T Lee is an artist and photographer. He finished his degree of Fine Art (2008), and MA of Fine Art (2013) both from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design. He was recently shortlisted for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 and between 2011-2013 was awarded the Artists & Collectors Exchange bursary. Lee has exhibited Europe-wide and is shown in several publications. He lives and works in London, UK.
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