New York

Lee Bul

New Museum

Lee Bul gained prominence in the late '90s with a series of “Cyborg” sculptures. These hybrid forms, composed of seamlessly fused organic and mechanical motifs, spoke to the increasingly tenuous boundary between body and machine. At once referencing prosthesis and cosmetic surgery, Lee's silicone cyborgs addressed, among other things, the age-old fantasy of eternal youth. Her recent exhibition “Live Forever” built on many of these themes in an installation of biomorphic karaoke chambers and projected videos. Although it was engineered for fun, the show sought to elicit a critical response from within a spectacular entertainment experience.

Three sleek, futuristic pods that looked like sports cars provided the show's centerpiece. (Related drawings and a pink foam prototype appeared in a rear gallery.) Each of these white plastic “vehicles” could be entered through a hatch on top that when

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