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Ed Bing Lee

The World on a String

July 2022

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Black Moss  5" x 7"  Mixed Fiber, Natural Raffia, Linen, Cotton, Synthetic Ribbon

Black Moss

5" x 7"

Mixed Fiber, Natural Raffia, Linen, Cotton, Synthetic Ribbon

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Blue And Green  4" x 4" x 5"  Ribbon Polyester Cording

Blue And Green

4" x 4" x 5"

Ribbon Polyester Cording

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Bramble  5" x 5" x 5"  Raffia

Bramble (HOLD)

5" x 5" x 5"

Raffia

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Cloud Dragon  5" x 5" x 5"  Synthetic Ribbon

Cloud Dragon

5" x 5" x 5"

Synthetic Ribbon

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Copper Floats  5" x 5" x 5"  Linen, Synthetic Ribbon, Waxed Linen

Copper Floats

5" x 5" x 5"

Linen, Synthetic Ribbon, Waxed Linen

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Currents  19" x 19"  Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

Currents

19" x 19"

Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

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Decorative Ring #1  4" x 2" x 1"  Flax Linen

Decorative Ring #1 (HOLD)

4" x 2" x 1"

Flax Linen

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Decorative Ring #2  1.5" x 3" x 3"  Flax Linen

Decorative Ring #2 (HOLD)

1.5" x 3" x 3"

Flax Linen

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Decorative Ring #3  6.5" x 3" x 1"  Flax Linen With Beads

Decorative Ring #3 (HOLD)

6.5" x 3" x 1"

Flax Linen With Beads

 

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Decorative Ring #4  6.5" x 1.25" x 1.5"  Flax Linen

Decorative Ring #4 (HOLD)

6.5" x 1.25" x 1.5"

Flax Linen

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Decorative Ring #5  7" x 1.5" x 2.5"  Flax Linen

Decorative Ring #5 (HOLD)

7" x 1.5" x 2.5"

Flax Linen

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Decorative Ring #6  6.5" x 1.75" x 2"  Flax Linen

Decorative Ring #6 (HOLD)

6.5" x 1.75" x 2"

Flax Linen

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Decorative Ring #7  6.5" x 2.5" x 2.5"  Flax Linen

Decorative Ring #7 (HOLD)

6.5" x 2.5" x 2.5"

Flax Linen

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First Love  19" x 19"  Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

First Love (HOLD)

19" x 19"

Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

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Goldusk  6" x 6" x 3"  Polyester Ribbon, Cotton

Goldusk

6" x 6" x 3"

Polyester Ribbon, Cotton

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Hot Dog  2" x 3" x 7.5"  Waxed Linen, Cotton, Linen

Hot Dog

2" x 3" x 7.5"

Waxed Linen, Cotton, Linen

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Lemon Icing  8" x 4" x 4"  Cotton Ribbon, Metallic Thread, Polyester Cording

Lemon Icing

8" x 4" x 4"

Cotton Ribbon, Metallic Thread, Polyester Cording

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Lime Collar  5" x 5" x 5"  Synthetic Ribbon

Lime Collar

5" x 5" x 5"

Synthetic Ribbon

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Mocha Ice Cream Cone  7" x 6" x 6"  Waxed Linen, Cotton

Mocha Ice Cream Cone

7" x 6" x 6"

Waxed Linen, Cotton

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Pewter Mist  6" x 6" x 3"  Polyester Ribbon, Cotton

Pewter Mist

6" x 6" x 3"

Polyester Ribbon, Cotton

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Red Braiding  5" x 5" x 5"  Synthetic Ribbon

Red Braiding

5" x 5" x 5"

Synthetic Ribbon

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Red Cupcake  15" x 10"  Synthetic Ribbon, Cotton, Waxed Linen

Red Cupcake

15" x 10"

Synthetic Ribbon, Cotton, Waxed Linen

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River Bank  19" x 19"  Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

River Bank

19" x 19"

Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

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River Huai  19" x 19"  Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

River Huai

19" x 19"

Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

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Sage  5" x 5" x 5"  Waxed Linen, Synthetic Ribbon

Sage (SOLD)

5" x 5" x 5"

Waxed Linen, Synthetic Ribbon

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Song of Sixpence II  6" x 17" x 17"  Ribbon With Metallic Threads, Linen, Cotton, Polyester Cording

Song of Sixpence II

6" x 17" x 17"

Ribbon With Metallic Threads, Linen, Cotton, Polyester Cording

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Trophy Cake  7" x 6" x 6"  Waxed Linen, Raffia Linen

Trophy Cake

7" x 6" x 6"

Waxed Linen, Raffia Linen

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Swan Ring  6" x 4" x 3"  Flax Linen

Swan Ring (HOLD)

6" x 4" x 3"

Flax Linen

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Violet Grey Trim  5" x 5" x 5"  Synthetic Ribbon, Cotton

Violet Grey Trim

5" x 5" x 5"

Synthetic Ribbon, Cotton

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White Grey Trim  5" x 5" x 5"  Synthetic Ribbon, Cotton, Waxed Linen

White Grey Trim

5" x 5" x 5"

Synthetic Ribbon, Cotton, Waxed Linen

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Black Moss  5" x 7"  Mixed Fiber, Natural Raffia, Linen, Cotton, Synthetic Ribbon

Black Moss

5" x 7"

Mixed Fiber, Natural Raffia, Linen, Cotton, Synthetic Ribbon

Blue And Green  4" x 4" x 5"  Ribbon Polyester Cording

Blue And Green

4" x 4" x 5"

Ribbon Polyester Cording

Bramble  5" x 5" x 5"  Raffia

Bramble (HOLD)

5" x 5" x 5"

Raffia

Cloud Dragon  5" x 5" x 5"  Synthetic Ribbon

Cloud Dragon

5" x 5" x 5"

Synthetic Ribbon

Copper Floats  5" x 5" x 5"  Linen, Synthetic Ribbon, Waxed Linen

Copper Floats

5" x 5" x 5"

Linen, Synthetic Ribbon, Waxed Linen

Currents  19" x 19"  Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

Currents

19" x 19"

Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

Decorative Ring #1  4" x 2" x 1"  Flax Linen

Decorative Ring #1 (HOLD)

4" x 2" x 1"

Flax Linen

Decorative Ring #2  1.5" x 3" x 3"  Flax Linen

Decorative Ring #2 (HOLD)

1.5" x 3" x 3"

Flax Linen

Decorative Ring #3  6.5" x 3" x 1"  Flax Linen With Beads

Decorative Ring #3 (HOLD)

6.5" x 3" x 1"

Flax Linen With Beads

 

Decorative Ring #4  6.5" x 1.25" x 1.5"  Flax Linen

Decorative Ring #4 (HOLD)

6.5" x 1.25" x 1.5"

Flax Linen

Decorative Ring #5  7" x 1.5" x 2.5"  Flax Linen

Decorative Ring #5 (HOLD)

7" x 1.5" x 2.5"

Flax Linen

Decorative Ring #6  6.5" x 1.75" x 2"  Flax Linen

Decorative Ring #6 (HOLD)

6.5" x 1.75" x 2"

Flax Linen

Decorative Ring #7  6.5" x 2.5" x 2.5"  Flax Linen

Decorative Ring #7 (HOLD)

6.5" x 2.5" x 2.5"

Flax Linen

First Love  19" x 19"  Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

First Love (HOLD)

19" x 19"

Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

Goldusk  6" x 6" x 3"  Polyester Ribbon, Cotton

Goldusk

6" x 6" x 3"

Polyester Ribbon, Cotton

Hot Dog  2" x 3" x 7.5"  Waxed Linen, Cotton, Linen

Hot Dog

2" x 3" x 7.5"

Waxed Linen, Cotton, Linen

Lemon Icing  8" x 4" x 4"  Cotton Ribbon, Metallic Thread, Polyester Cording

Lemon Icing

8" x 4" x 4"

Cotton Ribbon, Metallic Thread, Polyester Cording

Lime Collar  5" x 5" x 5"  Synthetic Ribbon

Lime Collar

5" x 5" x 5"

Synthetic Ribbon

Mocha Ice Cream Cone  7" x 6" x 6"  Waxed Linen, Cotton

Mocha Ice Cream Cone

7" x 6" x 6"

Waxed Linen, Cotton

Pewter Mist  6" x 6" x 3"  Polyester Ribbon, Cotton

Pewter Mist

6" x 6" x 3"

Polyester Ribbon, Cotton

Red Braiding  5" x 5" x 5"  Synthetic Ribbon

Red Braiding

5" x 5" x 5"

Synthetic Ribbon

Red Cupcake  15" x 10"  Synthetic Ribbon, Cotton, Waxed Linen

Red Cupcake

15" x 10"

Synthetic Ribbon, Cotton, Waxed Linen

River Bank  19" x 19"  Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

River Bank

19" x 19"

Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

River Huai  19" x 19"  Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

River Huai

19" x 19"

Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

Sage  5" x 5" x 5"  Waxed Linen, Synthetic Ribbon

Sage (SOLD)

5" x 5" x 5"

Waxed Linen, Synthetic Ribbon

Song of Sixpence II  6" x 17" x 17"  Ribbon With Metallic Threads, Linen, Cotton, Polyester Cording

Song of Sixpence II

6" x 17" x 17"

Ribbon With Metallic Threads, Linen, Cotton, Polyester Cording

Trophy Cake  7" x 6" x 6"  Waxed Linen, Raffia Linen

Trophy Cake

7" x 6" x 6"

Waxed Linen, Raffia Linen

Swan Ring  6" x 4" x 3"  Flax Linen

Swan Ring (HOLD)

6" x 4" x 3"

Flax Linen

Violet Grey Trim  5" x 5" x 5"  Synthetic Ribbon, Cotton

Violet Grey Trim

5" x 5" x 5"

Synthetic Ribbon, Cotton

White Grey Trim  5" x 5" x 5"  Synthetic Ribbon, Cotton, Waxed Linen

White Grey Trim

5" x 5" x 5"

Synthetic Ribbon, Cotton, Waxed Linen

"Knotting is one of the most direct techniques of the fiber arts. There is a minimum of equipment required––scissors, clamps, foam core boards, and a few needles of different sizes and with exaggerated eyes. But what is important is a vivid imagination, the willingness to experiment, cultivated visualization, organized planning, and patience."

- Ed Bing Lee

Ed Bing Lee - The World on a String - Exhibitions - Gross McCleaf Gallery

River Huai, 19" x 19", Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen

Gross McCleaf Gallery is pleased to present a survey of knotted sculptures by Ed Bing Lee in The World on a String. The exhibition contains a selection from several of Lee’s early series: a grouping of fan-shaped works made in the 1960s and never-before-seen decorative rings from the 1960s and 70s. Additionally, colorful new works from Lee’s Chawan, or “tea bowl”, series and a linen hot dog from his Picnics series are on view, both representing contemporary developments in the artist’s decades of art practice.

Ed Bing Lee incorporates diverse sources into his imagery, including Pop Art, folk art traditions, fashion, art history, and iconic items of East Asian and American culture – such as tea bowls and fans, ice cream cones and cupcakes. Although his subject matter is often contemporary, his knotting techniques are ancient skills that were used in basketry and woven fabrics, predating recorded history by tens of thousands of years. Lee is a master of the specialized art of knot-making. Utilizing the Double Vertical and Horizontal Half Stitches most often, he includes additional knots as the subject requires, using The Ashley Book of Knots by Clifford Ashley as a reference. Lee says, “The medium in crafts is the vocabulary.” He is fascinated by how threads, ribbons, and string can become limp or structured depending on the form. Thus, it is through the material possibilities that the forms emerge. 

Ed Bing Lee - The World on a String - Exhibitions - Gross McCleaf Gallery

Hot Dog, 2" x 3" x 7.5", Waxed Linen, Linen And Cotton 

 

In Lee’s words, “...art making is a combination of process, materials, and technique that capture ideas and ideals.” A simple line created by a length of string becomes a knot. A collection of knots form a shape. The shape then becomes a site of intimate conversation, pause, and reflection. At over 90 years old, Lee admits there’s so much more to make, so many ideas he hasn’t gotten to create yet. In the words of a Frank Sinatra song, he's “got the world on a string, sittin’ on a rainbow, got the string around his finger, what a world, what a life, I’m in love.”

Born in 1933, Ed Bing Lee started his career as a commercial fabric designer in New York and Philadelphia. He later taught at Moore College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, and the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Lee is the recipient of numerous awards including the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, the Farelli Award for Excellence in Fiber, and a Pew Fellowship in Crafts. His work has been exhibited nationally and is included in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Daphne Farago Fiber Arts Collection, and the Franklin Mint in Los Angeles. 

Ed Bing Lee - The World on a String - Exhibitions - Gross McCleaf Gallery

First Love, 19" x 19", Cotton Embroidery Floss Over Linen