HEE OUK KIM & LORI LIPSMAN
The gallery presented an exhibition featuring the works of artists Lori Lipsman and Hee Ouk Kim. Look at video.
For over twenty-five years, artist Hee Ouk Kim has investigated the boundaries where memory, observation and imagination meet. Through drawn and painted works that depict scenes of her everyday encounters with people and her surroundings, Kim fuses the personal life of her characters with their external environments setting up a stage where melodic human activity occurs. Kim prolifically charts this dialogue in her recent work, stringing together a theater of brightly colored, anonymous yet individualized figures and heads. The seemingly mundane activities that are at play in Kim's pictures become the substance for which themes of existence are explicated when seen as a whole.
The heart of artist, Lori Lipsman's practice is located between temporary, site-specific sculptures and their resultant documentation, between her correspondences with institutions and their resulting in drawings and between the structure of language and personal expression. Each piece is designed with a set of rules that govern its creation, yet remain subject to change. The video work entitled Daily Affirmation Book 1, begins and ends with the artist's sketchbook being flipped all the way through. Each page is filled with handwriting from top to bottom revealing repeated sentences as if clipped from a personal journal of motivational thoughts. Edited to an increasingly sped up pace however, the viewer is left with fragments of `affirmative' text leaving the viewer to construct an open-ended reading. Lipsman comments on her process that her "... method is process. Once I start working, I can be lead to new ideas and/or changing the rules. This creates a cycle where the process informs the concept and the concept informs the process."