Yona Lee
in transit (double-function form)

22 Oct 2018 – 17 Feb 2019

Location: Contemporary galleries

Free admission

New Zealand artist Yona Lee gives sculptural form to ‘life on the move’– transient, itinerant, flat-packed and high speed.

Responding to the architecture of the gallery space, this site-specific commission is made from the structures found throughout global cities to usher and organise hordes of moving bodies. Its network of stainless steel pipes and functional forms take us through the vast in-between zones of public and private space.

Lee is also a professional cellist and draws upon her knowledge of music to structure her geometric compositions. In this work, which is partly inspired by a classical sonata, we can find slurs and repetitions, accented beats and tempo shifts. Its seemingly continuous line of steel pipe might be likened to a single cello note which is drawn out and developed in endlessly surprising ways.

Yona Lee In transit (double-function form) 2018 has been supported by Creative New Zealand, Ruth Vincent, Jim Barr and Mary Barr.

Free admission

Image: Yona Lee, In transit (double-function form) 2018 (detail). Courtesy the artist and generously supported by Creative New Zealand, Ruth Vincent, Jim Barr and Mary Barr