Yoon Lee

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Biography

YOON LEE

Born: 1975, Busan, South Korea

Education:

2005 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
MFA, Painting
1999 University of California, San Diego, CA
BA, Visual Arts
1997-98 Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2012 "Road to Absolution," Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
2011 "Minor Inconveniences," Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA
2009 "Borrowed Time," Pierogi: Boiler, Brooklyn, NY
2008 "Recent Work," Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
2006 "Verve Syntheses," Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 "A Recapitulation (Multi-filtered)," Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute,
San Francisco, CA
2001 "A Sampler," Claire de Lune, San Diego, CA
1999 "Miscellaneous Textural Curiosities," University of California San Diego, Price Center Galleries A & B, La Jolla, CA
"Paintings from '97 to '99," University of California San Diego, Annex Gallery, La Jolla, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2011 “Sea Change: The 10th Anniversary Exhibition,” Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA
2010 "Seven," Pierogi, Miami, FL
2009 "Cream, No Sugar," Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
"Boiler Grand Opening: Yoon Lee, Jonathan Shipper, Tavares Strachan," Pierogi,
Brooklyn, NY
2008 "Artisterium '08: Waist Deep in the Big Muddy," ARCI Gallery, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
"Tournesol Award Fifth Anniversary Exhibition," Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
"Vital Signs," Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
"Pierogi et al," Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape," Neuberger Museum at SUNY, Purchase, NY
"Out of the Fog," Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA
"The Prom," Lawrimore Projects, Seattle, WA
2007 "In the Fullness of Time," Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Red Hot," The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
"Selections from New American Paintings: MFA Annual," OSP Gallery, Boston, MA
"(Un)Natural Selection," Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
"Euphorion: Art from San Francisco," Pierogi, Leipzig, Germany
2006 "Moxie," Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005 "CMYK / RGB," TransAmerica Center, San Francisco, CA
"Painting's Edge 5," Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
"Cream - From the Top," Gallery at Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA
"Painting's Edge Participant Show," Park Exhibition Center, Idyllwild Arts, Idyllwild, CA
"Up & Coming," Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"That's So Queer," Crucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"MFA Vernissage," Herbst Pavillion at Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
"Free Love," Club Bohemia, San Francisco, CA
2004 "Ad-Hoc," Crucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Post-postcard Show," The Lab, San Francisco, CA
"Aesthetics of Cuteness," San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
"Continuing MFA Exhibition," Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
"Imbued," Gallery at Thoreau Center, San Francisco, CA
2003 "MFA Open House," Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
"C-Note," San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
1999 "Spring Festival of the Arts," University of California San Diego, Annex Gallery, La Jolla, CA
1998 "Senior Painting Exhibition," Tyler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1996 "Mandeville Group Show," University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
"Spring Festival of the Arts," University of California San Diego, Annex Gallery, La Jolla, CA

Awards and Residencies:

2012 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY
The Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL
2007 Eduardo Carrillo Prize, San Jose Museum of Art & Museo Eduardo Carrillo, Santa Cruz, CA
Visions from the New California Residency, 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA
2006 Outstanding Local Discovery Award: Visual Art, SF Bay Guardian, San Francisco, CA
Alliance of Artists Communities' Visions from the New California Award, James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA
Painting's Edge, Idyllwild, CA
2005 Tournesol Award, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
Tournesol Artist Residency, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
Painting's Edge, Idyllwild, CA
1997 Stuart Collection Committee Prize, University of California, San Diego, CA

Selected Bibliography:

2011 Baker, Kenneth, “Yoon Lee keeping busy,” San Francisco Chronicle, September 17, p. E2
Curiel, Jonathan, “The World on a Wall: Fall brings an avalanche of important visual-art exhibitions. These eight are especially noteworthy,” SF Weekly, September 7, p. 18
Swanhuyser, Hiya, “Driven to Abstraction,” SF Weekly (Night & Day section), August 31
Chan, Bonnie, “Yoon Lee: Minor Inconveniences,” flavorpill.com Editor Pick
Swanhuyser, Hiya, "Ten Years, Part Deux," SF Weekly (Night & Day section), July 13, p. 17
2009 Sutton, Benjamin, "Controlled Explosions," The L Magazine, October 9
Cotter, Holland, "Yoon Lee, Jonathan Shipper, Tavares Strachan," The New York Times,
April 16
Saltz, Jerry, "Energy to Burn," New York Magazine, March 22
2008 Zevitas, Steven T. (editor), New American Paintings, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA
Harper's Magazine, June
Kalm, James, "Brooklyn Dispatches: Computer Brain, or Human Stain," The Brooklyn Rail, May
Barmeyer, Mary Logan, "Yoon Lee," Paper Magazine, March
Catalogue: Yoon Lee, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Hackett, Regina, "Never Fear, Painting is Here," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 17
2007 Cover image, Time Out: New York, February 22-28
2006 Zevitas, Steven T. (editor), New American Paintings, 2005-6 MFA Edition, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA
Huston, Johnny Ray, "Goldies 2006: Yoon Lee," SF Bay Guardian, November 8
Baker, Kenneth, "Yoon Lee at the Luggage Store," San Francisco Chronicle, July 15
Helfand, Glen, "Critic's Picks," www.artforum.com, July 12
Huston, Johnny Ray, "Verve Syntheses," SF Bay Guardian, July 5
Leaverton, Michael, "Yoon Lee Lifts Off," SF Weekly, July 7
Matthews, Lydia, "Headlands Center for the Arts Tournesol Award Exhibition 2006,"
San Francisco, CA
Chlala, Youmna & Jones, Brent Foster (editors), Eleven Eleven: Journal of Literature and Art, Vol. 3, pp. 34-38
Baker, Kenneth, "'Moxie' at Clark," San Francisco Chronicle, February 18
2005 Berry, Colin, "'Cream: From the Top' at Arts Benicia," Artweek, October, pp. 13-14
Feldman, Melissa E., "Cream," artUS Issue 10, October/November
Hromack, Sarah, "High Varnish," www.sfist.com, May 23
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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

YOON LEE: MINOR INCONVENIENCES
SEPTEMBER 8 – OCTOBER 22, 2011

Opening reception for the artist: Thursday, September 8, 5:30 – 7:30PM

For more information, contact Steve Zavattero
Phone: 415.627.9111/e-mail: info@marxzav.com
Website: www.marxzav.com

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.

The urban setting has been a consummate space to express my view of chaotic reality guided by perspectival order and convergence, and emphasizes the relationship between urban anxiety and the speed and overflow of invisible information. To convey spontaneous, brisk movements but retain replete density of signals, I employ a painstaking process that erects a facade of ease, almost that of mechanical production. First, I render my vision by digitally editing images that I've compiled from popular media, concepts I've drawn, and man-made structures I've photographed. Then I abstract each form's visual speed by distorting the original images. Finally, with tiny wrist gestures, I use squeeze bottles to apply perceptibly tactile layers upon layers of paint.

My work process, imbue 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.

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