Art Projects International

Asian Art NewsJanuary 5, 2004

A Week of Surprises


At a group show at Art Projects International, the works of Korean artist Il Lee and Chinese artist Hilda Shen were of note. Lee’s ballpoint pen drawing of a dense tangle of lines and fluid, amorphous shapes was captivating and looked more like a beautiful painting than a drawing. Shen’s intriguing twisted and metamorphic sculpture made of paper, ink and wax referenced a long tradition of Chinese scholars’ rocks, which are collected and treasured as objects of contemplation. Covered with the fingerprint marks of different people, her work is an interesting mediation on the nature of transformation and the historical impact of people or cultures.

– Priya Malhotra