The first monograph by American artist Austin Lee (b. 1983), this publication is an extensive presentation of the artist’s work, co-published with Carl Kostyál and designed by Bureau Borsche. The work of the New York-based artist often explores the duality of technological advancement within reality and surrealism, creating uncanny and humorous figures by merging digital tools with traditional painting and sculpting techniques. Published on the occasion of his solo exhibition “Paradise” at Spazio Maiocchi, Milan, in November 2019, the book features an essay by David Humphrey and an interview by Peter Schuyff.
The exhibition, organised in collaboration with Carl Kostyál, consisted of three paintings inspired by the enigmatic expression of Christ on the Cross (1600–1610) by El Greco. The three paintings, all made with airbrush paint on oil-painted backgrounds, aim to portray the remarkable example that El Greco provides in describing the interior mental space of human feelings. Originally meant to be three copies of the same work, they each acquired a specific emotional intention embodied by Lee while painting, therefore becoming unavoidably unique allowing for new meaning and feeling. In the courtyard of Spazio Maiocchi, a site-specific sculpture—a digital model 3D printed in aluminum and later hand-painted, figurative of a sun—completed the exhibition.