Ying Li @ Gross McCleaf Gallery

Ying Li, July 4th at Mt. Gretna, oil on panel, 17 x 17.5 inches (courtesy of Gross McCleaf Gallery)
Ying Li, July 4th at Mt. Gretna, oil on panel, 17 x 17.5 inches (courtesy of Gross McCleaf Gallery)

Lev Feigin reviews Ying Li: Sojourn at Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, on view through November 25, 2017.

Feigin writes that Li's paintings "evoke pictorial spaces: vistas on a Swiss lake; autumn mountains near Telluride, Colorado; docked boats on the Maine coast. But come closer and you enter the ridged, luminous labyrinths of her pigments projected over the surface in chunky reliefs... Allowing for chance without second guesses, Li’s paintings perform her career in miniature. They traverse from native realism to adopted abstraction. They make an escape, layer by layer, from the flatness of a rectilinear plane to the eye-popping topographies of marks and matter..."