UTOPIAS Artists Michael Lee and Bob Matthews got more than they expected in our inaugural exchange in 2011.

Michael spent three weeks in London and Bob in Singapore. They developed new solo works based on observations and experiences of their host cities and connected with local arts communities.

What they hadn’t expected was their ongoing collaboration, The Great Levellers. This series of works contemplates human existence in the 21st century, and premiered in 2011 as part of an exhibition titled Utopias. The exhibition has presented to the Singapore and London public the solo and joint works that resulted from AiRx.

“The best collaborations come from deep respect among collaborators, and an almost blind faith that the impossible is possible” Michael Lee, SIF Artist-in-Residence Exchange participant.

Though their participation in AiRx has come to a close, Michael and Bob continue to collaborate, furthering their cross-cultural exploration of the human condition.

By remaining open to new experiences, artists like Michael and Bob challenge their public to address established perspectives and attitudes, bringing about deeper understanding of world communities. Utopias was presented at the National Museum of Singapore from 24 Nov – 18 Dec 2011 and made its London debut at the Asia House from 17 May – 2 June 2012.

 

DOCS

Michael Lee and Bob Matthews

DOCS: Documents of Contemporary Slumber from the series The Great Levellers

2011

Lithography on paper

 

MILCH

Michael Lee and Bob Matthews

MILCH: Movement in Love, Care & Hope from the series The Great Levellers

2011

Lithography on paper

 

LEAVE

Michael Lee and Bob Matthews

LEAVE: Losing Everyone and Valuing Everything from the series The Great Levellers

2011

Lithography on paper