Space (Seoul)April 1, 1997
At first glance–in looking at the exhibition of Il Lee’s drawings at Art Projects International (API) in New York City–Il Lee’s drawings are attractive minimalist works–black ink on paper. After some close observation, or perhaps after reading a press release or review, a viewer will realize that the drawings have all been made with the mono-width line of a ball point pen. Solid forms with swirling tangles of lines escaping at their edges become impressive as feats of artistic endurance.
– Erik Bakke