Review in Palm Beach Daily News

Today, I want to share with you a review of my current solo exhibition, Water Has A Memory, at Gavlak Gallery in Palm Beach. Written by Jan Sjostrom, the review first published in Palm Beach Daily News three days ago.

At Gavlak, there is also Phillip Estlund’s solo exhibition and sometimes pairing with another artist’s work could be tricky. But I really love how our works inform each other.

Read the full review here or click on the image.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, review, Palm Beach Daily News, April 30, 2013

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, review excerpt, Palm Beach Daily News, April 30, 2013

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5-year Anniversary – A Mini Retrospective

I began my full-time career as a cut paper artist five years ago (the clock started with my first solo exhibition as a represented gallery artist, although I started making cut paper in summer of 2005). Looking back at the works that I have created, there are several pieces that I consider to be door openers.

“Hanging Gown” is the first piece I used the chain link fence motif. Later, I expanded the idea to create series of works including the “Little Crimes,” “Falling Water,” “Memory Windows,” and “The Butterfly Gown.”

Hanging Gown

Hanging Gown, rice paper cutout, 7×14, 2006

“Atomic Jellyfish” is the first large cut paper with an elevated level of intricacy that I created in late 2007. Although taking as long as four months to complete, it allowed me to push the technical and conceptual limits of cut paper. “Atomic Jellyfish” inspired works that came soon after that dealt with both man-made and natural powers.

"Atomic Jellyfish"

Bovey Lee, Rice paper cutout, 2007

“Beach Ball Blast” is significant as it was the first piece that I focused on environmental issues.

Beach Ball Blast

“Beach Ball Blast,” rice paper cutout, 2009

“Falling Water I–V” is the first series that I created as an installation. Coming from a painting background, I was curious to create a painterly effect using cut paper.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

“Sewing Highways” brought back the narrative-based expressions in my work. I created it after coming back from Beijing in 2010 after visiting the capital of China twenty years prior. The changes in Beijing’s landscape and people’s lives were staggering and overwhelming. It inspired me to create works on the effects of industrialization and urbanization.

Sewing Highways, cut rice paper on silk, 2011

Sewing Highways, cut rice paper on silk, 2011

“Lifting Clouds” is a recent work that explores how we use super machines and high technologies to claim ownership and alter/shape nature to our liking. I developed the concept to create many works in similar vein, such as “Trimming Feathers,” “Painting Corals,” and “Welding Branches.”

Bovey Lee, "Lifting Clouds", 2012

Bovey Lee, “Lifting Clouds”, 2012

“Vase I” modernizes traditional Chinese vases that always depict nature in purity and untouched by humanity. The fact is, there is literally no place on earth that human beings have not interrupted in some way.

Bovey Lee, "Vase I", 2012

Bovey Lee, “Vase I”, 2012

Gallery Shots of Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory at Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Coming back to open my solo, Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, in Palm Beach not long ago. The opening was very well attended. I love how subtle and elegant the color scheme we use for the show. Thanks to Sarah Gavlak who is director and owner of Gavlak. When I first exhibited cut paper, I chose a tone on tone presentation and it gave a very quiet and airy feel to a show. This current solo recreates that same impression. Below are several gallery shots that I want to share with you:

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

Bovey Lee: Water Has A Memory, gallery shot, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Thru May 13.

My work in Imageblog on Huffington Post

I am so pleased to be invited to share my work in Imageblog, a new series on Huffington Post that showcases visual artists from around the world. There are new artists featured in the blog daily and they are some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today.

Imageblog

(Link to Imageblog homepage featuring works of all the invited artists. My work is on page 4 today since the launch on March 19)

Imageblog homepage, Huffington Post, screen shot, March 25, 2013

Imageblog homepage, Huffington Post, screen shot, March 25, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

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Imageblog – Bovey Lee

(Direct link to my page or click on image)

Bovey Lee's work in Imageblog, Huffington Post, March 20, 2013, screen shot

Bovey Lee’s work in Imageblog, Huffington Post, March 20, 2013, screen shot

Bovey Lee: Water Has a Memory, Solo Exhibition, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, USA

It’s only a week away from the opening of my first solo exhibition with Gavlak Gallery that represents my work in Palm Beach, Florida. The water motif is in majority of the cut paper pieces in the show. That’s why it is titled Water Has a Memory.

Bovey Lee: Water Has a Memory opens on Easter Friday, March 29 and the exhibition is thru May 11. I will be showing both recent and new works, including “Falling Water I–V (after Pat Steir)” that are in the image below. New works include “Palm Tree Snowflakes,” “Painting Coral,” “Sawing Waves,” and “Trimming Feathers.” Visit boveylee.com to see these and more images.

Bovey Lee: Water Has a Memory, solo exhibition, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, March 29-May 11, 2013

Bovey Lee: Water Has a Memory, solo exhibition, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, March 29-May 11, 2013

My work in The Armory Show and Scope, New York

I came back from New York last week to attend the Armory Show and Scope. I had works in both art fairs. In The Armory Show, Gavlak Gallery that represents me in Palm Beach, Florida chose “Rolling Roses.” At Scope, Grotto Fine Art showed “Wingtip Voyage,” “Dragging Cows Up a Tree,” and “Wash, Cut, Dry.”

Several blogs selected my works as one of their best picks:

Opening Ceremony – Scoping Out the 2013 Scope Art Fair

Arts Observer – Spotted During Armory Arts Week: Incredible ‘Paper’ Creations

New York Art Leaf – Scope New York 2013

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From left: Wingtip Voyage, Dragging Cows Up a Tree, Wash, Cut Dry, at Scope New York with Grotto FIne Art, Mar 6-10, 2013

Grotto Fine Art booth, Scope New York, Mar 6-10, 2013

Grotto Fine Art booth, Scope New York, Mar 6-10, 2013

"Rolling Roses" in The Armory Show with Gavlak Gallery, Mar 6-10, 2013

“Rolling Roses” in The Armory Show with Gavlak Gallery, Mar 6-10, 2013

Feature in Meticulous Art II, DPI magazine, Taiwan

Got Meticulous Art II in the mail. It is a special, quarterly issue published by DPI magazine in Taiwan.

Below are the feature spreads of my work and interview:

Meticulous Art II, cover, DPI magazine, Taiwan, 2013

Meticulous Art II, cover, DPI magazine, Taiwan, 2013

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Meticulous Art II, feature spread 1, DPI magazine, Taiwan, 2013

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Meticulous Art II, feature spread 2, DPI magazine, Taiwan, 2013

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Meticulous Art II, feature spread 3, DPI magazine, Taiwan, 2013