DPAG purchases works by Yona Lee

8 September 2020

Over the summer of 2019/2020, Yona Lee spent 12 weeks on residency in Ōtepoti Dunedin as part of the Gallery’s Visiting Artist Programme. With an aim to explore new ideas and experiment with line, form and scale, Lee produced a suite of 23 small-scaled sculptures which culminated in the exhibition Succession. Across the series of multiple forms, the cut, bent and welded stainless steel pipe was merged with objects drawn from domestic or urban environments such as light shades and bulbs, tables, brooms, mops and handrails. As an exhibition experience, Successionsubtly and beautifully explores the relationships that exist between individual and collective objects, audiences and spaces.
The Dunedin Pubic Art Gallery is very pleased to have purchased three of Lee’s sculptures for the collection - Succession No. 2, Succession No. 7 and Succession No. 16. As the first works by Lee to enter the collection, it is great to celebrate and mark this residency while also being able to include these works in the Gallery’s future exhibition programme.

Noho ora mai, Lauren Gutsell
Curator, Dunedin Public Art Gallery

above: YONA LEE Succession No.16 2020
below left: YONA LEE Succession No.2 2020
below right: YONA LEE Succession No.7 2020 
Objects, stainless steel. Courtesy the artist and Fine Arts, Sydney


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