Degree of Beauty opens in Fairbanks

Untitled, mixed media collage, 99 x 98 inches, 2010

Degree of Beauty, an exhibit of paper and debris constructions by New York artist Jeesoo Lee, opens Oct. 11 in Fairbanks Hall. A reception for the artist will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13 in Fairbanks Gallery.

Jeesoo Lee has a fearless attitude towards the making of art. She bases her work on psychological states of being and through the physicality of her materials, namely trash, debris and paper.

“Trash by definition is unwanted by some yet beautiful to others.  More essentially, I see a different degree of beauty within the context of the environment where trash lives, letting it simply be,” says Lee.  “There is such a mixture of freedom and emotions when it is liberated from its isolation and legacy.  It loses its center of gravity and becomes a part of the abstract dynamics and organic nature of the whole.”

Lee seeks to convey the tension between traditional notions of abstract painting and the expanded palette of contemporary practice. The deconstruction and construction of her imagery is synonymous for the search for enlightenment and reason.

The gallery and reception are free and open to the public. Fairbanks Gallery is open Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon. The exhibit concludes on Nov. 2.

For more information: Douglas Russell (541) 737-5009 or or see

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