LI-LAN, Post Marks: Recent Paintings and Pastels
Introduction by Lowery Stokes Sims
Art Projects International, New York
Art Project International
Li-lan’s manipulation of postal marks, stamps, addresses, etc. etablishes a calligraphic play against the minimal and subtle colored backgrounds of cards or stationery. This play is even more obvious when the painting features languages that we may only be able to comprehend by their linear character. By exploiting the random markings of the process of postal routing, Li-lan manipulates planar spatial orientations: stamps seem to dissipate because of the variations of manual pressure when applied; the dissonant patterns of air mail markings and bar codes seem to be forced into a shotgun wedding, consumated by the kiss of the red circular stamp. . .
Lowery Stokes Sims