A few years ago, I was privileged to have my work included on Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art, alongside the work of Lee Walton. I knew a little of Lee's work through his "Lee Walton vs. Shaquille O'Neill" project, but as I spent time with his video I grew to love his work. His humor and intelligence turn seemingly simple ideas into rich and complex artwork.
Our friendship began when I interviewed Lee for Big RED & Shiny, and led to some great collaboration. While experiencing his "Life/Theatre Project" at Art In General, we conceived (along with my partner) "Book Club" - a project that I am very proud of.
All of this is the long intro to my announcing that Lee Walton will be in Boston twice in the next month, and that I hope you will come out and see him talk, and experience his work.
This Friday, February 22nd, Lee will be talking about his work at Lesley University's Marran Theatre in Porter Square. This talk was arranged by the Art Institute of Boston. Lee will present his work, which explores experience, perception and human interaction, using everyday actions and humor. Here's his official bio:
Often regarded as an Experientialist, Lee Walton's primary concern is the creation of new experiences, either for himself or for others.
Walton's work takes many forms- from drawings on paper, game/system based structures, video, web-based performances, public projects, theatrical orchestrations and more.
Walton has received many accolades from Museum funded projects (Reykjavik Art Museum of Iceland, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art), public commissions (Art in General, Socrates Sculpture Park) national and international exhibitions (The New Museum of Contemporary Art NY, Performa ’05, Island 6, Shanghai, China) Honors (8th Havana Biennial of Cuba and the Headlands Center for the Arts) and collections (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbus Museum, GA).
Walton’s work is represented by Sacco Gallery, (Miami) and Krashaur Galleries (NY). He is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Lee will return to Boston on March 16th to create a new experiential work at the Institute of Contemporary Art during "The World As A Stage" exhibition (see full performance schedule here). His piece will be made in collaboration with students from the Art Institute of Boston and the ICA's education program.
This is a great opportunity to hear an exciting young artist talk about his work, and to experience a new piece in an ideal context. Don't miss it.
Lee Walton, "Life/Theater Project: ICA"
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Sunday, March 16th