Magazine article Sculpture

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Magazine article Sculpture

New York [4]

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NEW YORK Hyemin Lee Art Mora

Hyemin Lee's recent show "White Shadow" filled both rooms of the Art Mora gallery In Chelsea. The large front room featured works from her "Plaster Bandages" series, which consists of relief sculptures made from plaster bandages arranged In rows. After breaking her arm, Lee was treated with a plaster covering, and she later decided to use the material as a means of building vividly textured surfaces. All white, circular or rectangular In shape, these works feel like a later version of Minimalism, albeit with a difference: some of the pieces approach embroidery In their arrangement of soft materials, while others are given a harder exterior-Lee's plaster of Paris bandages, moistened with water during the construction process, harden to reflect a glossy sheen. In some ways, Lee has feminized the Minimalist tendency, but It feels as though the suggestion of women's work Is undertaken only to transcend assumptions of gender. By acknowledging the Minimalist Impulse, Lee places her work In a tradition that she uses for her own purposes.

The rows of bandages overlap each other, there are small holes In the fabric, and the bottom edges are often rough rather than smooth. In other sculptures, such as the circular White ShadowSeries_R2 (2015), the rows are not perfectly straight, and the bandages hang over those beneath them rather awkwardly. As a result, a bit of visual dissonance enters the work, undermining our assumption that the details of a sculpture such as R2 should be consistent and committed to a rational display of components that build toward a well-defined comprehensive Image. …

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