Marx & Zavattero presents Minor Inconveniences, San Francisco artist Yoon Lee’s first West Coast exhibition in nearly six years September 8 – October 22, 2011. Since receiving her MFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and winning the coveted Tournesol Award in 2005, the South Korea-born artist has exhibited almost exclusively in New York. Her September show marks a triumphant return to Bay Area exhibiting, as Lee will show fantastic new large-scale paintings that pulsate and hum with life.
Lee’s paintings explore what seems like the unseen imagery of rapid technology, stretched and layered into one composited image. If you love visual thrills, Lee’s work is akin to the feeling of being on a rollercoaster right before the first fall; that thrilling pause as you anticipate being engulfed by gusts of wind and energy of an extraordinary force. Frenetic and complex, Lee’s painstakingly constructed, large-scale multi layered acrylic on PVC panel works illustrate swishes, swirls, avalanches, and splashes that serve not only as titles of her pieces, but also as actions that accompany the cascading cacophonous streaks of pixelated color.
“My work process imbues a visceral sense of cursory ease and spontaneity from a distance, yet at closer view, captures the immense abstraction of speed, density, and signal that traverse through space and time,” Lee explains. Her paintings bring to mind a kinetic combination of Pollock and Lichtenstein – the feverish pitch of color and gesture combined with a grand scale – making the experience of her work tangible and unforgettable. Lee, quiet and unassuming by nature, illustrates her assuage of urban anxiety by painting vast sites of color, resembling panoramic views of a possible catastrophic and awe-inspiring event.
Lee has exhibited extensively, most recently in solo exhibitions at Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY and in Sea Change, Marx & Zavattero’s 10th Anniversary Exhibition. Her work has been featured in Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape, Neuberger Museum at SUNY, Purchase, NY; Red Hot, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Artisterium ‘08: Waist Deep in the Big Muddy, ARCI Gallery, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia; and the Tournesol Award Fifth Anniversary Exhibition at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Her previous San Francisco solo exhibition was at Luggage Store Gallery in 2006. Lee has been written about in numerous publications including The New York Times, Paper Magazine, The L Magazine, artUS, artforum.com, San Francisco Chronicle, and SF Weekly. Lee received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, her BA from UC San Diego, and also attended the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.