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Yona Lee: In Transit

Yona Lee: In Transit

When:

  • Sat 8 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 9 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 10 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 11 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 12 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 13 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 14 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 15 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 16 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 17 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 18 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 19 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 20 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 21 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 22 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 23 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 24 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 26 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 27 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 28 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 29 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 30 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 31 Dec, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 1 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 2 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 3 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 4 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 5 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 6 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 7 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 8 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 9 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 10 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 11 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 12 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 13 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 14 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 15 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 16 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 17 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 18 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 19 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 20 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 21 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 22 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 23 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 24 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 25 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 26 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 27 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 28 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 29 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 30 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 31 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 1 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 2 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 3 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 4 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 5 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 6 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 7 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 8 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 9 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 10 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 11 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 12 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 13 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 14 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 15 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 16 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 17 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 18 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 19 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 20 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 21 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 22 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 23 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 24 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 25 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 26 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 27 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 28 Feb ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 1 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 2 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 3 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 4 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 5 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 6 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 7 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 8 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 9 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 10 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 11 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 12 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 13 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 14 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 15 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 16 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 17 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 18 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 19 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 20 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 21 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 22 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 23 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 24 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
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Where:

City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Yona Lee makes large, maze-like installations. Hundreds of metres of stainless-steel pipe are cut and welded to form elaborate linear structures, bisecting and transforming gallery spaces and the activities that take place there.

By incorporating a miscellany of surprising urban and domestic fixtures, Lee infuses her pipe structures with an everyday surrealism.

The Auckland-based, New Zealand–Korean artist’s work can be read in many ways: as structure or system, as minimalist or maximalist, as serious or funny, as aggressive or playful, as authoritarian or utopian, as utilitarian or pointless, as site-specific or self-contained, as light touch or heavy duty, as sculpture or drawing, and even as music. (A classical cellist, Lee has previously ‘played’ her sculptures.)

Lee's work for City Gallery is the fifth in her 'In Transit' series, following iterations at SeMA Nanji and Alternative Space Loop (both in Seoul, 2016), Auckland’s Te Tuhi (2017), and Sydney’s Art Gallery of New South Wales (2018).

Each work starts with Lee mapping the gallery space, and analysing its particular spatial and social dynamics. Lee conceives her sculpture in musical terms. At City Gallery, 'In Transit' takes sonata form. It’s staged as three interconnected structures spread across two downstairs galleries and the corridor that links them to the Auditorium.

Form follows function as the sculpture traces the movement of utility pipes and tubes through and between these spaces. As it snakes around columns, behind walls, through vents and ceilings, Lee’s work draws attention to functional dimensions of gallery architecture normally rendered invisible by the art work and expansive white walls.

Lee even brings new functionality to the gallery, adding lights, seats, and tables, even an iPhone docking station. (Apparently, the most-frequently-asked question at gallery front desks is ‘can I charge my phone?’)

The gallery is container, site, and subject of Lee’s work, with relationships between work, gallery, and audience kept in a constant state of flux.

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