I Refuse: the Art of Breaking.

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I Refuse: the Art of Breaking.
Curated by: Jessi Moore

97 Avenue C
10009 Manhattan
December 19th, 2012 - January 19th, 2013
Opening: December 29th, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

east village/lower east side
By Appointment or call for hours.
New York, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
action painting, installation, video-art, performance


I Refuse: The Art of Breaking

December 19 – January 19

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

Contact: Michael Mut 917/691-8390 michael@michaelmutgallery.comHours: Wed–Fri

2–6PM, Sat noon–6PM

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

Transportation: F,V to Second Ave; L to First Ave; 6 to Astor Place; M9 Bus

Artwork by John Lee


Curated by Jessica Lanay Moore

The artwork of John Lee is produced via the practicum of violence, aggression and movement. Lee’s body acts simultaneously as a paint brush, calligraphy brush, and lethal weapon. From mono-chrome canvases which crystallize the impact of shattered glass vessels blown and then filled with paint to mass 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 violence.

As a martial artist and break dancer, 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.

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

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.

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

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