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ERIC JIAJU LEE

Eric Jiaju Lee - "The Moment of Yuanfen 1"
Acrylic on silk - 2009


The Artist: Eric Jiaju Lee is a Chinese-American artist, born in 1970, and resides in New York. He has studio practices in Brooklyn and Beijing, China. His work is exhibited nationally and abroad, and is included in various private and corporate collections.

The Installation: Every Mandarin Oriental hotel has its own fan, which is reflective of its local culture and bonds each property to the Group's Asian heritage. It is located opposite the windows in the 23rd-floor ''Sky Lobby'' of the Mandarin Oriental hotel. It was hard to get a good shot of the fan as it was set rather high on the wall and framed behind glass, and the glass has a (rather distracting) reflection of The Strip view visible through the Sky Lobby windows.

True to this tradition, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is delighted to showcase its signature fan, created exclusively for the hotel by artist Eric Jiaju Lee. An artistic confluence of East meets West, Lee's work is an exploration of contemporary abstraction and traditional Chinese painting. Lee uses an improvisational process by pouring, dripping and brushing paint onto fabric, which he composes on various formats, including fan-shaped supports. The vibrant pastiche of colors in The Moment of Yuanfen 1 is inspired by the surrounding Red Rock canyons, as well as the sparkle of the hotel's location on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Moment of Yuanfen 1