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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

"Minor Inconveniences" Brings Out Major Abstractions

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Splash - YOON LEE
  • Yoon Lee
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Large-scale abstract paintings ask you to do things. They ask you to stand in front of them a while, to see what you see -- because you can't know what you're seeing until you've stood in front of them a while. It's a process that, once "gotten," can make you feel like you're free to do and think and feel whatever you want. Bay Area/Brooklyn painter Yoon Lee's enormous panels are perfect proof of the phenomenon. Her exhibit, "Minor Inconveniences," opens Thursday.

Breach - YOON LEE
  • Yoon Lee
  • Breach

In it, enter Lee's world of enormous energies bound by centrifugal force -- Lee works in laquer-like acrylic on PVC, layering splats, mists, and her signature ferocious ribbon-shapes. Underneath the plasticity is often engineering, in the form of blueprint repros, outlines of intersections, and faintly recognizable airport structures. Stand in front of them a while.

The opening reception for "Minor Inconveniences" starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 (and the exhibit continues through Oct. 22), at Marx & Zavattero, 77 Geary (at Grant), S.F. Admission is free.

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