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I Refuse: The Art of Breaking

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December 19 – J anuary 19

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Public Reception: Saturday Dec. 29\, 7-9 pm

\n< p>Contact: Michael Mut 917/691-8390 michael@michaelmutgallery.comHours: Wed–Fri

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2–6PM\, Sat noon–6PM

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Location: 97 Ave C between 6th and 7th Sts \, East Village/L.E.S.

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Transportation: F\,V to Second Ave\; L to Fi rst Ave\; 6 to Astor Place\; M9 Bus

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Artwork by John Lee

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Curated by Jessica Lanay Moore

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T he artwork of John Lee is produced via the practicum of violence\, aggressi on and movement. Lee’s body acts simultaneously as a paint brush\, calligra phy brush\, and lethal weapon. From mono-chrome canvases which crystallize the impact of shattered glass vessels blown and then filled with paint to m ass surfaces which capture a calligraphic chart of John Lee’s break dancing movement\, the singular goal of this performative process is to refuse the Western Tradition of canonic painting and to refuse to oppress inner viole nce.

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As a martial artist and break dancer\, Lee utilizes t he art of breaking as a dance form and the art of breaking objects to creat e physical manifestations of abstract ideas surrounding the rules of identi ty and art. Lee uses martial arts to break glass containers with nun chucks and fighting sticks – propelling the shattered bits and pieces onto tradit ional canvases\, creating an imprint of his aggressive inner emotions. Addi tional to his practice\, is the practice of strapping containers of paint t o his wrists and ankles while performing break dancing\, creating a map of physical calligraphy.

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Documented by its indelible place on the canvas and documented through videography\, John Lee’s works are a ser ies of moments of honesty locked in time on canvas and paper.

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Michael Mut Gallery is pleased to present John Lee in his first solo show\, curated by Jessica Lanay Moore\, I Refuse: The Art of Breaking.

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Exhibition Event Schedule

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December 29 – Exhibition Opening Reception | 7pm – 9pm

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January 1 – John Lee Performance @ Michael Mut Galle ry | 7pm – 8:30pm

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January 15 - John Lee Performanc e @ Michael Mut Gallery | 7pm – 8:30pm

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