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The Korea Times (Seoul)June 19, 2012

“Only Ballpoint Pen to Draw Lee’s World” by Kwon Mee-yoo


Born in Korea but now based in Brooklyn, New York, artist Il Lee is known for using ballpoint pens to create fine art. Visitors can enter his world of scribbles that contrast light and dark in a solo exhibit titled “Il Lee and the Line of Duration” at Gallery Hyundai in Sagan-dong, central Seoul.

For some three decades, hovering over deed and concept, Lee has described his artistic universe using only ballpoint pens.

Lee’s abstract works derived from endless efforts to achieve uniqueness. The ballpoint pen is a daily object but it becomes so powerful when Lee uses it to depict a dark mass on the canvas.

– Mee-yoo Kim

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