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Michael Lee

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Studio Location
Three Dee Forest 2005 acrylic on canvas 66 x 66 inches
Woody's Forest 2006 acrylic on canvas 50 x 54 inches
Stumps for JW 2008 india ink on paper 8 x 10 inches
Leger's Neighbor's Backyard 2008 self-adhesive plastic, ColorAid paper, and urethane on paper 38 x 50 inches
Vortices 2009 self-adhesive plastic and gouache on paper 38 x 50 inches
Artist's Statement

I create highly stylized and unrealistic landscapes to provoke a viewer's sense of what constitutes visual truth. They are theatrical spaces in which natural elements operate as outward manifestations of inner psychology. In my work it is intentionally unclear whether Nature or the human recording of it is responsible for creating obstacles to movement and vision. No vista opens up to allow a perch for peaceful contemplation. Space and perspective are awkward and claustrophobic. Figure and ground separate in some areas only to fuse together in others. Pattern, graphic form, serial imagery, and a limited, high contrast palette are devices used to both simplify and emphasize the artificial quality of the images.


Selected Group Exhibitions
2010 "Frictional Landscape" Work/ Sound Space Portland, OR -upcoming-
2008 "A Stone's Throw: Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and Los Angeles Printmaking Society Exchange Show" Union Center for the Arts LA, CA
2007  "Night of A Thousand Drawings" Artists Space NY, NY
2006  "Confluence" The Society for Cultural Exchange Pittsburgh, PA
2005  "MSU Art and Design Faculty Exhibition" Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
            "Summer Residency Exhibition" The Cooper Union NY, NY
2004  "New American Talent: The 19th Exhibition" curated by Jerry Saltz, Arthouse at the Jones Center Austin, TX
2003  "Lightshow" Clocktower Art Space NY, NY