Opening Reception: Thursday, April 20, 6-8pm
Art Projects International is pleased to announce Soo Im Lee: across time and place, on view from April 20 to May 20, 2017. This marks the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery and features 12 new paintings and select works on paper. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with an essay by David Brody.
Soo Im Lee creates bold, multilayered, intuitively derived paintings with imagery and detail that bring to mind complex three-dimensional spatial structures, intricately woven mesh, and lush forests of lines. These paintings in varying sizes and executed in oil on canvas, employ a variety of brushstroke-like forms in an array of vibrant colors. Through repetitive gestures and markings, Lee builds a web of accumulated lines and overlays that activates the surface. Looking at these canvases, time seems to stop and reveal “hidden places and invisible layers” where lines intersect.
Lee’s works on paper are rendered in delicate yet bold layers of red, blue and green. The movement of her brush strokes compliment the tonal shifts in color, creating a lively interplay of superimposed layers. Lee’s work is imaginative and personal conveying lived experiences and emotions.
Soo Im Lee (b. 1954, Seoul, Korea) moved to New York in 1981 and continues to live and work in New York. She received a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Painting from Hong-Ik University in Seoul (1976 and 1978, respectively) and a M.A. in Printmaking from New York University (1984). Recent exhibitions include Marking 2, Art Projects International, NY (2016); Summer Selections, Art Projects International, NY (2014); Curate NYC, Rush Arts Gallery, NY (2013); Intersecting Lines, Art Projects International, NY (2012); 911 Arts: A Decade Later, Commons Gallery, New York University (2011), Absence, Queens Museum of Art: Partnership Gallery, NY (2010); and Irrelevant, Arario Gallery, NY (2010).
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