IL LEE: New Work

When 14 Mar 2013 - 4 May 2013
Where Art Projects International
434 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
United States
Enquiry 2123432499

IL LEE, RIW-1301, 2013, acrylic and oil on canvas, 84 x 110 inches, (213.4 x 279.4 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Art Projects International, New York

March 14 – May 4 2013

Press Release:

Art Projects International is pleased to announce IL LEE: New Work, an exhibition of the latest evolution in Il Lee’s paintings. On view from March 14 to May 4, 2013, the exhibition follows Lee’s successful 2012 solo exhibition in Seoul where several of these paintings were introduced. Now, at Art Projects International, New York viewers have a chance to be the first to see this current body of work.

Il Lee continues, as he does in his ballpoint pen work, to explore the potential of line and how it can appear to loop eternally, mass into multidimensional forms or be abruptly curtailed. He has achieved brilliant effects by introducing new colors, mixing various media on a single canvas and working with new tools. In the large painting RIW-1301, arrays of seductive white starbursts greet the viewer through a pied field of red and indigo. In works like RW-1207, the lines between and within the starbursts gather and come alive, becoming their own dominant theme. In other works, colorful, raw orchestrations of short stick-like lines suggest futurist depictions of movement, and in still others, endless lines of indigo bring to mind his signature ballpoint pen work.

Over the past decade, Il Lee’s international presence and his following have continued to grow. This year, concurrent with the exhibition at Art Projects International, his inclusion in The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum’s Ballpoint Pen Drawing Since 1950 brings home the critical acknowledgement of the importance of Il Lee’s contributions. His work will be shown along with that of Rita Ackermann, Alighiero e Boetti, and Martin Kippenberger, among others. Characteristic of his practice, Il Lee continues to find new ways to expand the boundaries of contemporary drawing and painting.

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