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Gordon Lee
Columbus, Ohio

Columbus College of Art & Design, Professor


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My work is about recruiting ordinary man-made objects such as toys, gadgets, typewriters, gas meters, bank notes, guns, cameras and circuit boards in a visual dialogue with and about the human consciousness. These are simple games of association. But when you juxtapose them with various ìbackgroundsî in certain peculiar ways, they spark our deeper thoughts and reflections. By themselves, these objects carry different meaning for different people based on their own reasons of being. We may even have additional emotional attachments to them because we grew up with them or gone through certain memorable life experience with their presence. Thus they bear witness to fragments of our lives. My compositions are organized in such a way that all the elements involved can amplify these moments so we can reflect on our past and embrace our future. These unassuming objects of insignificance can be our conduits or guiding lights throughout our existence. They are simple, humble but noble.





born: 1954, Hong Kong, China



Cranbrook Academy of Art, MFA, 1981
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, BFA, 1979


selected awards/honors

Best of Show, 76th Midyear International Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, 2012
Individual Artist Fellowship, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio, 2002


selected publications

International Painting Annual 5, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2015
International Painting Annual 2, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2012


selected solo or two-person exhibits

Clark Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, 2013
Anthony Brunelli Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Binghamton, New York, 2011
Anthony Brunelli Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Binghamton, New York, 2009


selected group shows

Dublin Biennial 2014, Dublin, Ireland, 2014
Artnot Art Museum: Re-Presenting Representation VIII, Elmira, New York, 2014
Perceptive Faculty Show, Anthony Brunelli Gallery, Binghamton, New York, 2014
ArtPalmBeach Invitational, Palm Beach, Florida, 2014



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