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metroactive.comApril 13, 2007

Whirls Enough And Time, IL LEE does wonders with a humble ballpoint pen


Artist IL Lee doesn’t need sable-hair brushes and hand-ground pigments. The Korean-born artist, who has lived and worked in New York since 1977, chose another path in 1981, when he began to draw exclusively with the humble ballpoint pen—and not just any ballpoint, but the cheapest Papermate black-ink pen, which he could purchase in bulk. Evincing great gestural assurance, Lee draws tangled skeins of ballpoint lines on large sheets of heavy-weight paper and, lately, primed canvas.

– Michael S. Gant

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