Catherine Lee: Quanta

Catherine Lee, Ivory Sahara (Quanta #1), 2011, Oil on canvas, 54 x 54 inches, (c
Catherine Lee, Ivory Sahara (Quanta #1), 2011, Oil on canvas, 54 x 54 inches, (courtesy of Galerie Lelong)

Hearne Pardee reviews the exhibition Catherine Lee: Quanta at Galerie Lelong, New York, on view through April 28, 2012.

Pardee writes: "Composed on pencil-drawn grids, the paintings are hand crafted in layers of pigment, applied square by square and stroke by stroke. The grid provides a foil for the sensually inflected material surfaces. What at first glance seem monochromes are actually 'duets' between a base color and at least one contrasting color applied over it... regular repetition is undercut by irregularities of application that keep our attention shifting..."