Jane Lee’s first solo exhibition in a museum embodies its title Lila, a Sanskrit word meaning play and spontaneity, where visitors can expect to immerse themselves in Lee’s world and her playful process of creating and presenting her works. Lee is famed for her material and conceptual explorations of the essence of painting, engaging with ideas of painting beyond its typical gestures and forms to transcend the space of painting into its immediate surrounding. Featuring three new commissions, Lila: Unending Play by Jane Lee showcases the artist’s long-standing experimentation and expands the possibility of what a painting exhibition can be.
The works in the exhibition encapsulate Lee’s search for the nature of what painting is: as surface, as an object, as body, as an interplay of spaces and sensations. New commissions including Lila (The Ultimate Play), Hollow and Empty, and a new work as part of Lee’s well-known Fetish series, In Praise of Darkness, experiment with space, light, reflection, and shadows, pushing the boundaries of what a current-day painting practice could be. Alongside the new works, audiences can also experience a selection of earlier works by Lee, including Status, The Object I, The Object II and Fetish – White II.
Venue: SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark
When: 18 May - 24 Sep 2023,