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Bottle of wine, clay, wine lees
approx 15 x 32cm
Edition of 20

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Hannah Lees’ work investigates ideas of the cycles of constancy and mortality; the sense that things come to an end and the potential for new beginnings. This constancy, be it in religion or in organic matter, is visible in her practice through her attempts to make sense of and recognise traces of life. Lees works fluidly across different media, querying the substance of materials, science, religion and history, often presenting traces of processes and organic matter. This edition was produced in connection with London Cru. The bottle contains London Cru’s 2013 Syrah wine (red) and the clay base has been infused with wine lees, the name given to the sediment or spent yeast from the wine-making process, as well as being the artist’s family name.

London Cru follows in London’s fine wine tradition of trade, innovation and eccentricity to bring wine-making to the heart of the capital. All of the wines are made in small batches: 600 cases at most and sometimes as few as 80. Visit www.londoncru.co.uk for more information.


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Hannah Lees (b. 1983) lives and works in Margate and London, UK. Forthcoming and recent solo exhibitions include; TBA Reading Rooms, Melbourne, AUS, 2018; The Turning Of Existence Into Its Opposite, Kingsgate Project Space, London, UK, 2017; Turner Contemporary & the British Museum Commission: Hannah Lees, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK, 2016; The Oldest Thing You Can Hold In Your Hand, Workbench, Milan, IT, 2016; Floated On Foam [] Flew With Birds, Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent, BE, 2016; All That There Is, Is The Eternal Now, Tenderbooks, London, UK; Let us go then, you and I, Nomadic Vitrine, Grand Union, Birmingham, UK. Curated by Recent Activity; Hannah Lees: May I Have Ease of Being, Cairn, Fife, UK, 2015; Hannah Lees: Ever-New Oldness /|\ Ever-Old Newness, The Sunday Painter, London, UK, 2015; As rust consumes the iron which breeds it, Cell Project Space, London, UK. Forthcoming group exhibitions include; 40-40-40, Soho House, 40 Greek St, London, UK, 2018;The Sleeping Procession CASS Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, UK 2017; TBA, GLOAM Gallery, Sheffield, UK, 2017; The Kiss or Poison Boyfriend or Jesus’ Blood, Intercession gallery, Northampton, UK, 2017;You see me like a UFO, Marcelle Joseph Projects, Ascot, Berks, UK, 2017; The Hive Mind, The Koppel Project Hive, London, UK.