Naomi Campbell, Apr 22, 2011
The ephemeral work of Ke-Sook
Lee once more revisits Chelsea New York with an unusual turn to color.
Much of this artist’s past work has been haunted with an absence
of color using something of a starved palette. This year, her first solo
exhibition with the George Billis Gallery in its new location on 26th
Street, marks a departure from the norm in more ways than one.
Lee’s body of work always presents the viewer with something of
the unexpected where the understated is all but said. Her eloquent use
of the thread as a powerful form of expression allows her to move with
ease through abbreviated pictorial ideas laden with elusive memories
of a hidden past. The viewer is left with a lingering sense of longing
for something non-tangible, unsaid.
This time we see her shed her familiar
close knit imagery and move away to more fully address the artifices
of time. Several woven veils of linear color stamp the gallery with her
characteristic inclination to installation to rise out of the architecture.
These works seem to reach out from the walls organically as if simultaneously
taking root to thrive and bring life to those who experience it.
is the ethereal landscape at work in a new definition of the understated.
-Naomi Campbell has written for Linea Art Journal, Artscape and American Artist magazine. She has appeared in over 12 book publications,
numerous art magazines and is a guest lecturer for colleges, institutions and art organizations in New York.