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. Ke-Sook 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. This 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.