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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 in Group Show "What is it Like to be a Bat"

Jennifer J. Lee has a painting on view in What is it Like to be a Bat, a group show at ADZ gallery in Lisbon, Portugal. The show is on view July 21 through August 20, 2022.

Review

Jennifer J. Lee Reviewed on Arsty.com

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.

outside exhibition

Jennifer J. Lee in Group Show at Chris Sharp Gallery

Jennifer J. Lee has work included in A Minor Constellation, a group show consisting of small paintings. The exhibition will be on view at Chris Sharp Gallery from July 30 to September 3, 2022.

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.

news

Jennifer J. Lee Included in Group Exhibition at Super Dakota, Brussels

Jennifer J. Lee has two works included in Ecosystems of Relations, a group show at Super Dakota. The artworks are on view from January 13 to February 19, 2022.

institutional exhibition

Jennifer J. Lee in "La Mer imaginaire" at Fondation Carmignac

Jennifer J. Lee has work on view in "La Mer Imaginaire" a group exhibition curated by Chris Sharp at the Fondation Carmignac, France from May 20th to October 17, 2021.

review

Jennifer J. Lee

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

Book

Jennifer J. Lee
Planet Caravan, 2021

5.5 x 8.5 inch, 30 page, soft cover, full color catalog of Jennifer J. Lee's 2021 exhibition, Planet Caravan at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery.

review

Jennifer J. Lee and Joy Curtis

Joy Curtis and Jennifer J. Lee's solos shows at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery were listed in the February 4, 2019 issue of The New Yorker