Beginning December 19, 2015 get ready to transcend into the shape of a golden citizen in Mister Lee’s Shangri-La at MAMA Gallery. Allow your self-consciousness to rust away, your morals to melt, and merge with the immaterial in a one-time-only no-place.

Mister Lee’s Shangri-La offers a new sort of Utopia for the contemporary human. Are your edges too defined? Are you seeking metaphysical truth? Wondering how to reach your potential for greatness? With Mister Lee’s there is endless possibility in the nothingness you feel. Enter through the erogenous to subvert the oppressive restraints of the ego through the celebration of inner power, nothingness, and raw expression.

Nature, neon, nickel!
Pink and gold!
Exotic dancers and exotic plants!
What is forbidden is priceless, what is most precious is aged and
decayed, and the currency for truth is $$$.

Mister Lee’s believes the principle pleasure lies in the imperfections, because therein lies possibility. Nature is a brutal beast: immoral, evanescent, and undeniably exotic. But you wouldn’t deny nature’s strength and beauty, now would you? Mister Lee’s is a feast for the senses that turns all systems, of nature or of human, inside out. When roles are reversed in this way—tops as bottoms and bottoms as tops—one is free of ego. Hierarchies can crack and power dulls, dims, and oxidizes.

Scent is a fleeting sense, ungraspable like ether, yet powerful enough to transform into eternal memory. When polished, gold reflects an illusion of perfection back on to the person on the other side of the lustrous surface. Like reflected gold and scents, the remnants in Mister Lee’s are off limit illusions of greatness. Smell, taste, hear, and look at all Mister Lee’s has to offer, but keep your hands to yourselves and simply allow the mystery to penetrate your body.

In other visions of paradise, the path between morality and spiritually are split. Here they are conjoined. Fear not if your reputation is tarnished, after all, in Mister Lee’s world even precious gold rusts. Those chipped teeth and cracked lips make you all the more mystifying. You may have been burned by the sun but, remember, the sun is also gold. Mister Lee’s Shangri-La will strip you bare, exposing your truth in a sweet smelling earthly paradise. And remember, the only thing we can control are ourselves.


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Installation View


Installation View


MLSL_03_Zeldah, 2015  Oil, acrylic, bleach and spray paint on linen  80 x 70.13 in (203.2 x 178.13 cm)


MLSL_05_Malice, 2015  Oil, acrylic, bleach, drywall, lead and spray paint on linen  135 x 71.5 in (342.9 x 181.61 cm)


MLSL_06_Wölf, 2015  Oil, acrylic, bleach, drywall, lead and spray paint on linen  144 x 71.5 in (365.76 x 181.61 cm)


MLSL_07_Ritani, 2015  Oil, acrylic, lead and spray paint on linen  67 x 46.5 in (170.18 x 118.11 cm)


MLSL_08_Roxy, 2015  Oil, acrylic, lead and spray paint on linen  67 x 46.5 in (170.18 x 118.11 cm)


MLSL_04_MisterLee, 2015  Mirrored acrylic and spray paint  90.5 x 91.75 in (229.87 x 233.05 cm)


MLSL_01_ElysianPark, 2015  Conté on rag paper  Paper 49.75 x 38.5 in (126.37 x 97.79 cm) Framed 52.25 x 42.5 in (132.72 x 107.95 cm)


MLSL_02_ElysianPark, 2015  Conté on rag paper  Paper 49.75 x 38.5 in (126.37 x 97.79 cm) Framed 52.25 x 42.5 in (132.72 x 107.95 cm)


MLSL_09_Bunny, 2015  Gold tint on stainless steel  18 x 14 in (45.72 x 35.56 cm)


MLSL_10_Bunny, 2015  Gold tint on stainless steel  18 x 14 in (45.72 x 35.56 cm)


MLSL_11_Bunny, 2015  Gold tint on stainless steel  18 x 14 in (45.72 x 35.56 cm)


MLSL_12_Bunny, 2015  Gold tint on stainless steel  18 x 14 in (45.72 x 35.56 cm)


MLSL_13_Bunny, 2015  Gold tint on stainless steel  18 x 14 in (45.72 x 35.56 cm)


MLSL_14_Bunny, 2015  Gold tint on stainless steel  18 x 14 in (45.72 x 35.56 cm)


MLSL_15_Bunny, 2015  Gold tint on stainless steel  18 x 14 in (45.72 x 35.56 cm)


MLSL_16_Bunny, 2015  Gold tint on stainless steel  18 x 14 in (45.72 x 35.56 cm)


MLSL_18_Bunny, 2015  Gold tint on stainless steel  18 x 14 in (45.72 x 35.56 cm)


MLSL_18_Bunny, 2015  Gold tint on stainless steel  18 x 14 in (45.72 x 35.56 cm)


MLSL_19_Bunny, 2015  Gold tint on stainless steel  18 x 14 in (45.72 x 35.56 cm)


MLSL_20_Bunny, 2015  Gold tint on stainless steel  18 x 14 in (45.72 x 35.56 cm)


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