large drawing with numerous layers of lines and scribbles overlapping until forming a dark, textured mass that occupies the majority of the center and down into LRQ; squared off section in LLQ

© IL LEE%3B Courtesy Art Projects International%2C New York

Untitled 978 W, 1997-98

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Combining austere forms with the distinctive fluidity of the ballpoint pen, Il Lee melds Eastern and Western cultural aesthetics into abstractions that are contemporary, yet rooted in tradition. His expressive strokes—characterized by rhythmic, physically demanding arm gestures—leave behind a record of intersecting orbits, undulating lines, and frenetic swirls. When viewed as a whole, these discrete movements are transformed into objects with a monumental presence; mysterious forms that suggest elements of nature, their auras imposing and serene, eliciting awe and inviting meditation.

Details
Title
Untitled 978 W
Artist Life
American, born South Korea 1952
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2018.104.11
Provenance
The artist, New York City; (Art Projects International, New York, sold to Mersky 2017); Robert B. Mersky, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2018.
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large drawing with numerous layers of lines and scribbles overlapping until forming a dark, textured mass that occupies the majority of the center and down into LRQ; squared off section in LLQ

© IL LEE; Courtesy Art Projects International, New York

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