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18.4 – 11.5 2018

Jocelyn Lee:The Appearance of Things

Jocelyn Lee:The Appearance of Things

18.04 – 11.05.2018

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Hours

Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Gallery

3-5 Swallow Street,
London, W1B 4DE

The first UK solo exhibition of American photographer, Jocelyn Lee, opened at Huxley Parlour Gallery in April 2018. The exhibition showcased a selection of Lee’s portraits, landscapes and still lifes, including works from her latest series The Appearance of Things.

Lee’s work is driven by existential themes of sexuality, family, death and ageing. Throughout her career, she has utilised portraiture of the female form as a tool to explore the tactile qualities of the living world. Her richly descriptive colour works emphasise the tonal and textural richness of foliage, fabrics and flesh.

Encompassing and fusing still life, portrait and landscape genres, the works depict bodies enmeshed in an ephemeral environment. The female forms are submerged in water or dappled in sunlight, counterpointed with contemporary memento mori of vivid and painterly still lifes of rotting flowers and glistening fruit. Collectively, the works offer a melancholy yet unsentimental reflection on life’s transitions through stages of birth, blossoming and death.

The Works

25

1

Jocelyn Lee

The Burn Pile

2016

Archival pigment print

2

Jocelyn Lee

The Bath

2016

Archival pigment print

3

Jocelyn Lee

The Empty Mirror

2016

Archival pigment print

4

Jocelyn Lee

Jill with Crashing Wave

2015

Archival pigment print

5

Jocelyn Lee

Newfoundland

2008

Archival pigment print

6

Jocelyn Lee

Raising the Cherry Tree

2016

Archival pigment print

7

Jocelyn Lee

July Burn

2016

Archival pigment print

8

Jocelyn Lee

Winter Venus

2016

Archival pigment print

9

Jocelyn Lee

Pearl Behind Glass

2014

Archival pigment print

10

Jocelyn Lee

Dark Matter #5, Sunflower and Sky

2016

Archival pigment print

11

Jocelyn Lee

The Cove

2017

Archival pigment print

12

Jocelyn Lee

Dark Matter #6, The Sunflower’s Belly

2016

Archival pigment print

13

Jocelyn Lee

Pamela and Hollyhocks

2016

Archival pigment print

14

Jocelyn Lee

The Perfect Breast

2017

Archival pigment print

15

Jocelyn Lee

Dark Matter #2, Pomegranate and Hosta

2016

Archival pigment print

16

Jocelyn Lee

Jenna and Fallen Apples

2017

Archival pigment print

17

Jocelyn Lee

Late September

2017

Archival pigment print

18

Jocelyn Lee

Dark Matter #8, Decomposing Dahlia

2017

Archival pigment print

19

Jocelyn Lee

Apple Tree at Night

2016

Archival pigment print

20

Jocelyn Lee

Riding the Apple Tree

2016

Archival pigment print

21

Jocelyn Lee

The Woods Near the Quarry #2

2017

Archival pigment print

22

Jocelyn Lee

Dark Matter #13, Sinking Rose and Sunflower

2017

Archival pigment print

23

Jocelyn Lee

Dark Matter #3, Wedding Flowers

2015

Archival pigment print

24

Jocelyn Lee

Barberry and Joyce

2008

Archival pigment print

25

Jocelyn Lee

The Woods Near the Quarry

2016

Archival pigment print

Jocelyn Lee

B. United States 1962

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B. United States 1962

Biography

Throughout her career, Jocelyn Lee has explored the tactile qualities of the living world through photography. Lee is driven by existential themes, including those of sexuality, family, death and ageing. Spanning portraiture, landscape and still life, Lee’s work frequently questions our perceptions of beauty. In particular, Lee focuses on female subjects to examine pre-conceived notions of the body and ideals of appearance. Her richly descriptive colour works emphasise the tonal and textural richness of foliage, fabrics and flesh. 

Jocelyn Lee was born in the United States in 1962. She received her BA in philosophy and visual arts from Yale University and her MFA in photography from Hunter College. Lee taught photography at Princeton University from 2003-2012 and at Maine College of Art from 1993-2001. She has been a visiting artist at Yale University, Bowdoin College, Mass College of Art, and New York University. Lee has exhibited internationally, and her work is housed in the collections of many notable institutions, including The Yale Museum of Art, New Haven, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Museum Folkwang, Essen.

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