New York

Li Lin Lee

E.M. Donahue Gallery

Li Lin Lee works in enamel on square pieces of wood or copper. His vocabulary consists of decorative patterns, allusive motifs, abstract signs, simple forms, and mathematical symbols, and his palette ranges from dusty sunset red and burnt orange to winter melon green and deep midnight blue. Spatially, the compositions can shift from depthless atmospheric fields to hard thin layers of paint. While none of these particular processes or materials are extraordinary in themselves, Lee’s way with them is another matter altogether.

In his approach to painting, Lee seems influenced by the Surrealists’ belief in free association, the erotic unconscious, and automatism. His process involves applying an initial layer of spray paint, splashing paint thinner onto the wet ground (an act of erasure and erosion), and then sanding and re-sanding a work’s surface after subsequent applications of paint. Lee

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