Metropolis (1800 Frames Plus), 2008
Digital Video (color/sound)
Duration: 54 minutes
An anonymous figure roams the maze-like streets of an ancient marble city. Although there are signs of contemporary life present, a bike, garbage bins, shops and some cats, no humans are present outside of occasional voices and the artists footsteps echoing down the claustrophobic walkways. More than a simple document of place and that of light and color. The work creates a subtle sense of suspense, mystery and discovery as the camera passes from areas of darkness that open up to theatrically lit ancient architecture and back again, eventually leading the viewer to a final destination.
This video was shot on location in the city center of Split Croatia, formerly Roman Emperor Diocletian’s 4th century palace.
Metropolis (1800 Frames Plus) … 1.26 – 2.7.2009
Atrium Gallery – Western Michigan University
Lee Wells is an artist, independent curator and consultant currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. His artwork primarily questions systems of power and control and has been exhibited internationally for over 10 years, including the 51st La Biennale Di Venezia, NCCA Moscow, Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, the Museo d’arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART), Chelsea Art Museum and the PS1 Contemporary Art Center. He is a co-founder and director of IFAC-arts, an alternative exhibition and installation program for artists and curators. He is also a co-founder of the video art portal, Perpetual Art Machine His projects and exhibitions have been written about by various national and international art and news publications to include: The New York Times, Art Newspaper, The Washington Post, Art inAmerica, WPS1 Art Radio. Wells is currently a curator at large for Scope Art Fairs and is a site editor emeritus for www.rhizome.org.
Lee Wells – Brooklyn New York