Hee Ouk Kim, Whi Boo Kim & Edmond Kim
LAArtcore is pleased to present a group show with the Los Angeles artist-and-design Kim family and would also like to reflect
Edmond Kim's photographs in black and white capture the process of combining traditional and contemporary approaches to photography within the context of man's ever unfolding relationship to landscape and nature. Kim's images taken largely throughout the West present iconic locales; interstate highways, deserted roads, backyard gardens, the high desert, as sites devoid of human presence, yet evincing trace markings of human activity - track housing rooftops in the distance of an otherwise arid field, graffiti scrawl on an endless stretch of road or tractor tire tracks in the middle of an otherwise flat dirt field. Kim's images, sometimes humorously, highlight the tensions in sites between romantic escape and impending development reminding the viewer of the underlying chaos that defines nature.
Hee Ouk Kim’s panels filled with human figures look like moments on busy city streets. But they are as much about the interior moment for each figure as they are about the exterior moment among the figures. Delicately drawn but not at all naturalistic, Kim’s people individuate themselves through behavior and, often, thought – notations (mostly in English and Hangul) that allow these figures in this context to speak their minds, as it were. There is something of the comic strip in this approach – in both the stylized rendition of figures and their animation through words as well as gestures. But Kim’s deliberately simplified way with the figure also draws on everything from various folk-art traditions to the basic “tradition” of children’s drawing. Excerpt by Peter Frank.
Whi Boo Kim embraces a variety of artistic modalities, from minimalism to expressionism, conceptualism to surrealism, gestural abstraction to pop. But no one style defines his art. Indeed, Kim’s painting is as rich in its artistic references as it is in its references to the “real world.” And given the substance and palpability of such work, it is clear that Kim has designed it to be part of the real world. Excerpt by Peter Frank.
* * *