reviews

  • Seulgi Lee, U: A pile of eggs = A tricky situation, 2018, Korean silk, 76 3⁄4 × 61". From the series “Blanket Project U,” 2017–.

    Seulgi Lee

    GALLERY HYUNDAI

    Seulgi Lee reinvents folk artifacts from Korea and elsewhere, expanding on their symbolic status. Her maneuvers often reach back to premodern times, when material, image, language, shamanism, and the artisanal commingled in harmonious chaos.

    The most eye-catching works in Lee’s recent exhibition “damasese” were the nine pieces from her series “Blanket Project U,” begun in 2014, each a large geometric color field in the form of a Korean nubi blanket, a traditional type of densely quilted bedding. Lee designed the planar patterns to evoke a series of proverbs (giving the simplest forms to the words

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