In his new installation, James Ming-Hsueh Lee tackles our society’s excessiveness and how the supermarkets categorize their products (and brands) to entice consumers to buy more than what they need. The artist also changes the way we look at mundane things like post-it notes, coins, M&M’s, composition papers, tapes, and bottles by reorganizing them playfully, creating a fresh new visual experience.
The show Things Wholesale runs from 21 July to 24 September at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, in Taipei.
You can see more of the artist’s works on his website.
Pink post-it notes are stuck on the wall to create a large pink square.
Blue and red packaging tapes are stuck across the wall, creating a simple yet visually appealing striped mark.
Bottles of shampoo, dish washing liquid, cleaning detergent, laundry detergent and body wash are placed on a tall thin white platform, creating a gradient of greenish blue color.
Yellow M&M’s are stuck on the wall to create the ubiquitous Mcdonald’s sign. Next to it is a series of step ladders lined up that goes from the tallest to the shortest.
The artist put these graph paper and Chinese composition paper in frames.
Papers of varying sizes are framed and arranged in descending order, from biggest to smallest.
One-dollar coins are laid around a leafless”stem” and all over the platform.