The Future Tense present a stop-motion video of artist Lee Baker installing his latest work, ‘Refractive Monolith’, the coming together of 10 thousand metres of multicoloured acrylic yarn. Lees work explores the relationship between Japan’s ‘intricate cultural aesthetic’ and the increasing hold of urbanisation across the country. Influenced by anime and the modernist cityscapes of Charlie Sheeler, his bold and bright graphic creations present cities at war with nature.
The piece is part of the SPECTRA I exhibition at the Londonewcastle Project Space in East London. An investigation into the use of colour in art, the curators explain ‘In a contemporary art world endlessly fascinated with concepts of minimalism and fragility, SPECTRA I explores the artists, mediums and substrates boldly defining the current colour zeitgeist.’