I Refuse: The Art of Breaking
12/19/2012 – 1/19/2012
Location: Michael Mut Gallery | 97 Ave C between 6th and 7th Sts, East Village/L.E.S.
Exhibition Event Schedule:
December 29 – Exhibition Opening Reception | 7pm – 9pm
January 1 – John Lee Performance @ Michael Mut Gallery | 7pm – 8:30pm
January 15 – John Lee Performance @ Michael Mut Gallery | 7pm – 8:30pm
The artwork of John Lee is produced via the practicum of violence, aggression and movement. As a martial artist and b-boy, Lee utilizes the art of breaking as a dance form and the art of breaking objects to create physical manifestations of abstract ideas surrounding the rules of identity and art. Lee uses martial arts to break glass containers with nun chucks and fighting sticks – propelling the shattered bits and pieces onto traditional canvases, creating an imprint of his aggressive inner emotions. Additional to his practice, is the practice of strapping containers of paint to his wrists and ankles while performing break dancing, creating a map of physical calligraphy.