EVENT #: 68841
Lee Salvador’s latest exhibit “Vessel” draws on the viewer's intimate involvement with steps and portals to elicit feelings and personal interpretations. For the artist, “Vessel” creates relationships between human and nonhuman realms.
Each 21-inch Toy2r Qee Bunee vinyl figure symbolizes the self while the accompanying canvas represents self-reflection. Created separately, individual pieces are presented in pairs or groupings that strengthen and highlight this sense of similarity and contrast. A dialogue is created by the contrast of 2D and 3D, of words and thoughts, of smooth and rugged, of what is hidden and what is revealed. Similarly, the surfaces of these vinyl figures are also extensions of the canvas, which provide an outlet for Lee’s artistic expression, creativity, and personal interpretations.
Certain elements in the artworks play a part in the inception of the exhibit. The dagger signifies courage and determination. It also serves as either protection or weapon -- a tool for defense and conservation or an instrument to injure and abuse. The smoke silhouette coming out is a depiction of the proverb “when there’s smoke..”, that if there is telltale evidence of some event, the event is probably occurring and will eventually reveal itself. Lastly, every figure lies a cloud forming skull and ghost-like characters, which Lee created as a metaphor of our conscience.
Vessel is a metaphor of the interior and exterior, of containment, and as a tool like a boat or tatting shuttle, with the ability to reveal nostalgic recollections and reflections. It is both universal and personal. Lee’s works allow him a vehicle to investigate ideas, journeys, and explore past, present, and future narratives.