IMT Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new video work by Sophie Lee. For her latest project Lee has created a two-part video work with individual parts shown simultaneously at IMT Gallery and Gowlett Peaks, with each part bleeding into the other like two sides of the same coin. The works use an intricate interplay of video, text and sound as collage; collage being something Lee views as a fundamental methodology of many forms of contemporary art.
Through Lee's work writing and video are presented as a free space for the collision of cultural readymades and, out of this, the creation of new worlds or narratives. These layers and juxtapositions of different materials and qualities form mesmerising, quasi-anthropological arenas of alchemical ciphers and cultural detritus: footage of a local park, super-real objects, lewd graffiti, iPhone video, a Palaeolithic thigh bone, a domestic interior, R&B.
Using collage both as content and form, Lee is interested in messages, communications and the histories of language from early message making, such as the painting and writing discovered on cave walls, through cuneiform and engraved stones to graffiti, font design and messages encoded in DNA.
Sophie Lee [b. 1988] recently graduated in 2012 with a BA in Fine Art Media from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Recent exhibitions include M A K R A M I at PLAZAPLAZA, London (2013), Bread Show (in collaboration with Maxime Iten, Robert Self and Will Robinson) at SPACE, London (2013) and Young London 2013 at V22, London (2013). She was the recipient of the Space/Bloomberg Studio ON Award in 2012 and was invited to produce Original Recipe Meal, an Artist Dinner Commission for Bold Tendencies, London. Lee lives and works in London.
Sophie Lee | Sugars, Protein and Salt at IMT Gallery is supported by the Arts Council England.