Art Projects International

The New York TimesAugust 11, 2007

“To See the World in Ballpoint Pen – IL LEE”


What makes this work, and others like it, so alluring is its unexpected suggestiveness. When Mr. Lee’s drawings conjure before you a soft, densely inked snowflakelike blob with feathery edges, or a pattern that recalls a distant constellation, or foliage, or even stones in a pool of clear, shallow water, it is hard not to be mesmerized. The simple, minimal forms are instinctively seductive.

– Benjamin Genocchio

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