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K L

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KL's work recalls the aggressive tonalities of New York City in their historical and anecdotal representations. It is both an exploration of identity, subcultures, and experience in his childhood neighborhood of East New York, Brooklyn. The artist employs salvaged objects, secondary advertising and expressionistic brushwork to embrace power as an institutional force. In this way, compositional and surface elements wrestle with one other on the surface plane for supremacy; a reference to Foccoult and his ideas about how subjectivity moves through territory. While evoking pedestrian experiences and environmental aesthetics such as graffiti and abandoned spaces, the paintings seem to draw on a an allegory of New York life then and now. Lee received a BFA in Studio Art at Brandeis University before practicing in NYC.

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