Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is excited to announce its first new exhibition opening for 2022, showcasing the work of Yona Lee, a New Zealand-Korean artist with a growing international reputation. Opening in late February, Yona Lee: An Arrangement for 5 Rooms is the artist’s most ambitious solo exhibition to date.
Within the context of a global pandemic, restricted borders, and a changing relationship to public and private spaces, An Arrangement for 5 Rooms negotiates the relationship we share with domestic and public spaces and objects. The five rooms of the Gallery’s park-side exhibition spaces take the meandering visitor on a journey through both densely and sparsely filled rooms.
Constructed entirely from stainless-steel tube, Lee picks up the signature handrail of the Gallery’s architecture and weaves it playfully through the building, turning it into sculpture, and supplying new seating and lighting for visitors. She even pushes the railing into Albert Park where it knots and pauses in the shade of a neighbouring tree. Incorporating familiar signs, like the fabric of Auckland Transport seating and bus bells, this new sculptural installation will interweave common experiences of transit for many across the Auckland region.