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Jennifer J. Lee

Jennifer Lee (b. 1977) paints depictions of found photography often sourced from internet forums and online shopping sites. Her work is startlingly photo realistic, rendered in an intimate scale that invests familiar objects with a psychological depth. Lee portrays photographs with a sharp self-awareness, painting on thick jute burlap that degrades the mechanical process of photography while perversely simulating it. Lee, a semiotician in a visual sense, chooses her subjects for their availability as collective symbolic objects and deploys them in sequences that produce a kind of quasi syntactical language, hinting at meaning but ultimately resolving themselves into an intuitive poetry. Despite their visual swiftness, these paintings are painstakingly constructed in an effort to pull an image apart and then rebuild it. The slowness and transgression of this process is reminiscent of Warhol’s early silent films as well as Vija Celmin’s meditative renderings.

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Outside Exhibition

Jennifer J. Lee at Alice Amati Gallery

Jennifer J. Lee has a new painting included in The 7th Wall, a group show at Alice Amati gallery. The exhibition, curated by Jeanette Bisschops, opens January 18 and runs through February 24, 2024.

exhibition catalog

Jennifer J. Lee, Square Dance, 2023

Jennifer J. Lee Square Dance (2023), a catalog produced on the occasion of the artist’s solo show at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery is available for purchase! The catalog consists of 16 pages in full color.


Jennifer J. Lee Reviewed on

Jennifer J. Lee, whose artworks were presented at the Independent 2022, was discussed in Artsy's article "The Best Booths at New York Art Week." The author touches on Lee's practice, her use of jute, and the works presented.

museum exhibition

Jennifer J. Lee at the X Museum, Beijing

Hedges, 2019, by Jennifer J. Lee is included in 'Particularities' at the X Museum from September 5 to December 5, 2021. 'Particularities' is a group exhibition about contemporary, small-scale painting. At a time of increasing scale, expansion and general hypertrophy, this exhibition trains its gaze on painting practices that do the exact opposite.


Jennifer J. Lee’s ghostly familiarity

A review of Lee’s 2023 solo show Square Dance by Kyle Hittmeier.


Jennifer J. Lee

Rahel Aima writes about the work in Jennifer J. Lee's first show at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery.