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Lee Wells 'Cool Before the Calamity (EOW L16)'

2023

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Lee Wells Cool Before the Calamity (EOW L16) End of the World Party Series 2023 Archival pigment print Edition of 1 Signed, dated and numbered by the artist Caption: Cool Before the Calamity: As the LA sun climbs high, the 'Chill Quartet' lounges in style by the pool's serene waters. There's 'Slick Sid' with his pensive gaze, 'Majestic Mira' with her timeless grace, 'Groovy Gus' puffing out clouds of nonchalance, and 'Serene Selena' lost in thought. They're the embodiment of cool, their poise unshaken by the whispers of an ending era. In this enclave of palm shadows and tranquility, they savor the moment, undisturbed by the world's whispered goodbyes. 20 x 30 inches Edition of 5 - $2300 30 x 40 inches Edition of 5 - $3500 40 x 60 inches Edition of 5 - $5700 48 x 72 inches Edition of 1 - $8900 "Poolside Party (2023)" is a playful series of AI-assisted artworks by Lee Wells that reincarnates the Naiades from ancient mythology into lavish 21st-century pool parties. The project began while the artist was in residency in South Crete. During this period, he endeavoured to communicate with the local goddesses through meditation, natural medicine, and various AI tools. These tools served as channelling mediums, helping him gain a deeper understanding of the realms they inhabit, as well as our own. The digital artworks serve as a new form of painting, showcasing intriguing and exquisite figures relaxing and revelling poolside at mesmerising garden house parties. Through this collaborative effort between the artist, the spirits, and AI, the overarching message conveyed is that life is fleeting. Thus, the most crucial thing is to enjoy ourselves, have fun, and strive to love as best we can in this wonderful and strange world we call home. Lee Wells (b.1971) is a conceptual artist, writer and technology consultant whose work ranges from painting, drawing and photography, to video and new media. His work focuses on systems of power and control in society and has been presented internationally for over 20 years. Most recently his work has investigated the influences of new technologies including artificial intelligence on contemporary life and asks the viewer to reevaluate their perceptions of reality and personal identity. Wells’ work has been included in exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum, PS1/MoMA, Mykonos Biennale, National Center for Contemporary Art Moscow, 51st Venice Biennale, The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, in addition to numerous universities, festivals, art fairs, and galleries. Wells was a co-founder of The Perpetual Art Machine, the video art community portal project (2006-2011), Curator at Large for Scope Art Fair (2005-2012) and has directed the alternative curatorial platform IFAC Arts since 1996. IFAC continues today with project spaces in New York and Athens Greece.
  • Creator:
    Lee Wells (August 25, 1971, American)
  • Creation Year:
    2023
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 48 in (121.92 cm)Width: 72 in (182.88 cm)
  • More Editions & Sizes:
    20 x 30 inches, ed of 5Price: $2,30030 x 40 inches, ed of 5Price: $3,50040 x 60 inches, ed of 5Price: $5,70048 x 72 inches, ed of 1Price: $8,900
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  • Gallery Location:
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: EOW Series1stDibs: LU32613952202
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