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Stone Journey
2010
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LEE Ming-Wei
Stone Journey
2010
mixed-media-installation
10.5x50x15.5cm, 9 sets
Stone Journey
2010
mixed-media-installation
10.5x50x15.5cm, 9 sets
Stone Journey
2010
mixed-media-installation
10.5x50x15.5cm, 9 sets
Stone Journey
2010
mixed-media-installation
10.5x50x15.5cm, 9 sets
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While visiting New Zealand's south island, I was awed to discover the Pororari River Valley, a wonder of nature sculpted by glacial movement 70 million years ago. That glacier also produced millions of smooth round stones which now line the river's bed, and which I found unusually cool and soothing when I held them in the palms of my hands. While picking up 11 of these stones as souvenirs, I suddenly realized that simply by taking them out of the river I was changing their circumstances forever. When I returned to Taipei, I had each of the 11 stones replicated in bronze, yielding 11 pairs, one original and one bronze replica.

This project centers on two ideas. First is the notion of ownership. What does it mean to own something, either natural or manmade? Second is the concept of value. Which stone is more precious, the natural stone or the fabricated one?

I ask those who become the owners of these stone pairs to decide when, where and how to discard one of them, a decision involving considerations of ownership, control, value and loss. It is this thinking/valuing process that I believe to be the heart of the project, not the stone pairs themselves.

ARTISTS
15 artworks / 166 exhibition
Performance Art , Installation Art
Lee Mingwei, born in Taiwan in 1964 and currently living in New York and Paris, Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations, where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness, and one-on-one events, where visitors conte ...
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KEYWORDS
LEE Ming-Wei, 2006, Performance Art , Installation Art
LEE Ming-Wei, 2000, Performance Art , Installation Art
LEE Ming-Wei, 2009, Performance Art , Installation Art
LEE Ming-Wei, 2009, Performance Art , Installation Art
LEE Ming-Wei, 2013, Performance Art , Installation Art
LEE Ming-Wei, 2000, Performance Art , Installation Art
LEE Ming-Wei, 1998, Performance Art , Installation Art
LEE Ming-Wei, 2007, Installation Art
LEE Ming-Wei, 2006, Performance Art , Installation Art
LEE Ming-Wei, 2005, Performance Art , Installation Art
LEE Ming-Wei, 1995, Photographic Art , Performance Art
LEE Ming-Wei, 1997, Performance Art , Installation Art
LEE Ming-Wei, 2004, Installation Art
LEE Ming-Wei, 2015, Performance Art , Installation Art