She is best known for her highly tactile and sensuous paintings, which are often dimensional enough to be considered wall-based sculptures. This is Lee’s first solo presentation in New York since Beyond, her critically acclaimed New York debut at Sundaram Tagore Chelsea in 2012.
At the core of her practice, Jane Lee challenges conventional notions of what constitutes a painting, delving deeply into the materiality of paint and structural form. In her latest works, she explores concepts of negative space and the interplay between the paintings and wall surfaces. Walls are important to Lee—not just as a backdrop or barrier but as an activating space. With Wall Matters, she considers the total environment of an artwork rather than restricting herself to the physical limitations of a single canvas plane.
Some of the paintings appear to melt or implode, sliding off their whitewashed supports. In the group of paintings titled Boundless, Lee punches through the heart of artworks mounted back-to-back on a freestanding wall, leaving a crater-like void through the center. Viewers peer through this portal to view a miniature gem of a painting across the room. Lee has integrated a mirror into an aperture of that painting, creating the possibility of incorporating the viewers themselves into the finished work.