DAC Gallery is proud to present “SHON KIM: New Works", an exhibition by Korean born, L.A. based artist Shon Kim. For this exhibition, the DAC focuses on two facets of this extremely prolific artist’s work:
Shon Kim’s experimental drawing series Untamed Line was developed over several years using unfamiliar tools to create black marks against white. The difficulty involved in using non-traditional tools lends a raw quality to Kim’s linework and allows for illogical connections. This body of work addresses the problem of creating new abstract forms while rendering the volume and mass of 3D spaces with 2D lines. This series enabled the artist to further explore volume and mass in more recent works by incorporating graphic patterns and animation. In Untamed Paint, the artist bifurcates from his previous experiment in two ways, addressing the negative space left in the wake of his linear marks. The first approach consists of filling blank space using Kim’s own mathematical formula; in this case, each color exists independently yet harmonizes dependently. The second approach has to do with formatting volume through a geometric formula based on light and shade. The conceptual issues addressed in this body of work derive from Kim’s observations of the inequality between objects and the illogical connections between logical things.
Shon Kim has been profoundly exploring animation aesthetics with a sustained focus on new concepts surrounding what we know as “the frame”; namely, the unusual progress of frames, frame locomotion, and optical illusions caused by frameworks. In a series called Moving Painting, Kim intends to unite animation with fine art by testing experimental subjects on existing works to create inartificial frames, connecting logical units illogically and introducing dynamic locomotion principles to what is referred to as the “in-betweening” process.