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Kim Ye

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Beijing, China

Birth year

Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
sculpture, installation, video, performance


Representing galleries

sculpture, conceptual, performance, video-art, installation, mixed-media



Hometown: Rockford, IL, U.S.A.

Language: Mandarin, English, Spanish

Weakness: Goodwill, The Internet, consumables

Talents: scavenging, hair-cutting, athletics

Interests: criticism, eroticism, power, voyuerism, trauma, video cameras, confrontation,
deconstruction, collaboration, and disorders of any kind.

Dislikes: still life, neutrality, comfort zones, donuts, passivity, and inactivity.



"Our relationship to appearances is a complex and personal territory. Kim Ye is fearless in her exploration of this territory and in disrupting our notions of normalcy and beauty, through video and worn and perfomed sculptural creations. In her video pieces, Kim uses the element of time to take the viewer through a process of looking at the body and our actions upon it, making us question our own discomfort with images that are in one sense banal and in another sense disruptive of that familiarity. But even with what is familiar, we are placed in an uncomfortable position, looking more closely than we would choose, slowly watching an action that may be common but is generally unobserved. Her work adds a twist; the videos have an element of humor as they push beyond the expected to disrupt the activities depicted-plucking, shaving-with unexpected version or result. These pieces are astute in their ability to make simple and powerful depictions.

"In the worn pieces, Kim directly disrupts the form of the body. She uses materials that relate to the skin but extend the sense of surface and form to give the performers tails, appendages, and facial additions that change the wearer's anatomy and presence. Are these performers models? A living stand-in for mannequins? Or are they individuals, embodied persences who have allowed themselves to be reinvented by the sculptural forms they wear? It is startling and uncomfortable to stare at a living person, to walk among and around them. We become aware of our faze and of our participation in the roles of viewed and viewer" .

--from 2007 GLITTER catalogue
Written by Pomona College studio faculty:
Mark Allen
Sandeep Mukerjee
Michael O'Malley
Sheila Pinkel
Mercedes Teixido

Angeleno Magazine:
"Nouveau Pitch" - July 2009 (page 54, Deborah Martin Gallery)

Matador Y Toros:

LA Weekly:
Downtown Art Walk - July 10, 2008 (slideshow images 9 & 10)
SRQ Magazine:

Sarasota Herald Tribune:

Recent Exhibits

Kim Ye participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2016 Without Design or Sketch: The Story of The Room
Launch LA - La Brea
Aug, 2016 On the Distant Horizon
Aug, 2016 Shaky Towns
Alter Space
Jul, 2016 Shared Value: An Open Letter
Visitor Welcome Center
Jul, 2016 Be the Cult Leader You Wish to Follow: A Workshop for Artists
Machine Project
Dec, 2015 Kim Ye: SPORTSWOMAN
Click here to see all exhibits for Kim Ye
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