Snapshot Aesthetics

Lee Kit in Venice is the Daily Pic by Blake Gopnik

The Daily Pic: Lee Kit's found sculptures echo the beauty in photographs.

(Photo by Lucy Hogg)

This is a detail from Lee Kit’s installation in the Hong Kong pavilion of this year’s Venice Biennale. Kit’s elegant accumulations of domestic objects look great in photos, because I think his aesthetic is influenced by the photographic. For much of the last century, photographers sought beauty glimpsed by chance in the everyday, and now, thanks to a strange feedback loop, artists like Kit are sculpting the everyday to conform to those found photographic ideals. It’s our modern picturesque – with Kit as the Capability Brown of domestic space.

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