IN VIVO - IN VITRO
Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) | Eduardo Kac | Stelarc | Joe Davis | Karl Sims | Eva Sutton | Daniel Lee | Susan Alexjander | Polona Tratnik | IN VIVO - IN VITRO
HARVEST, ORIGIN, MANIMALS
By Daniel Lee
1. Harvest 2004
A 4 minute DVD presentation.
Daniel Lee invite us to a not too distant future in a location populated with a breed of livestock that supplies human eyes, hearts, livers and other harvested organs. In generations to come, these animals will become more than organ hosts, they will incorporate the science that created them, evolving with traits and behaviors that are distinctly human.
2. Origin 1999
Origin was a series of manipulated photo images which describes human evolution based on Daniel Lee’s imagination. He proposed that there were ten stages in human evolution, from the fish form (as Coelacanth) eventually transforming to reptiles, apes and humans.
Artist’ s motivation derives from the new Millennium (year of 2000) which suggests to him the grand beginning of everything.
3. Manimals 1993
A series of 12 prints in 30x24 inches. Concept came from Chinese Zodiac.
In the twelve portraits of the "Manimals" series, the artist Daniel Lee interprets the Chinese zodiac in contemporary terms through computer manipulation of photographic images.
The ancient Chinese zodiac is comprised of a cycle of twelve animal signs associated with birth years. They are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Cock, Dog and Boar.
A person is believed to exhibit behavioral and personality traits, sometimes even physical characteristics, relative to the animal year during which he or she was born.
Daniel Lee, known as Lee Xiaojin in Chinese, born in Chunking, China (1945) and raised in Taiwan, studied painting at China and Photography and Film at USA. He worked as an Art Director in New York until the late seventies, at which point he changed to photography as a career. Within one and a half decades, he went through different stages in fashion, people to still life collage. Since 1993, computer technology allowed him to combine his various drawing, photographic and fine art skills in one medium.
Beginning from stark portraits photographed with a high resolution digital camera, Daniel Lee submits his pictorial subjects to the digital wringer, provoking their unsettling metamorphosis into animal-like forms.
Daniel Lees work has been shown internationally in solo exhibitions. He has been chosen as the logo artist by Ars Electronica 2005, Linz, Autria.
His photographs are included in public and private collections in USA, China, Paris, and AustriaLee lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.