Paul Lee is an artist from England who currently lives in Brooklyn. He uses a very raw sort of raw material—beer cans, light bulbs, bath towels, and rocks—to make paintings, collages, and sculptures. Lee’s show at the Locker Plant featured all of these items, variously configured. In the front room, a series of sculptures, each made of wood and holding a painted light bulb, ran in a line along the back wall. Nearby hung crude “paintings” or tapestries made from bath towels Lee cut up and reassembled. Placed at different points on the floor stood small, cairn-like sculptures assembled from painted rocks and soda cans, plates of glass, rolled-up socks, and light bulbs. Each of these assemblages bore a photocopied image of a young man’s face, plucked by Lee from the pages of a ’70s nudist magazine. This face also appeared in paper constructions affixed to the walls and in a video Lee showed in a darkened back room. The visage played multiple roles in the exhibition—serving both as one sculptural element among many (cans, light bulbs, rocks, and socks)and as a free-floating, anonymous icon of longing and loss.
Paul Lee was born in London in 1974 and has a BFA from the Winchester School of Art. He has lived in Brooklyn, NY since 2001. In November 2006 Lee held his first solo exhibition in New York at Massimo Audiello. He also shows regularly at Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA, and has participated in group shows at Ampersand International, San Francisco; Texas Gallery, Houston; Coleman Projects, London; and Paul Kasmin, Team, and Exit Art, New York.