Sang Nam Lee

PKM Gallery

When Roy Lichtenstein appeared on the scene in 1961, he was importing signs from an entirely different level of culture into the artistic arena; the culture was pulp comics, the signs benday dots and CMYK colors. What he did was to take a found image and, streamlining the visual information, transfer it onto white canvas. Sang Nam Lee’s approach is similar. He takes digitized graphic images from the computer screen and manually copies them onto canvas panels. Looking at Lee’s newest works, one imagines what Leo Castelli must have seen in Lichtenstein’s first Mickey Mouse—familiar icons with clearly delineated outlines and popular colors in pleasing combinations that invoke a strangely up-to-date sensitivity.

PKM Trinity Gallery, a third branch of PKM (following PKM Beijing) in the Chungdam area, opened with forty-seven works and a wall installation by this Seoul-born, New York–based painter;

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