The photographic fantasies of Kim In Sook peek inside the private worlds of people who live in glass houses.
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, but no one minds if they expose their daily lives especially Kim In Sook, a Korean artist with a fascination for what goes on behind the glass. Kim stages psychological settings, often based on newspaper articles about people and the ways they cope with isolation, and then photographs them. Taking it a step further, she digitally places her rooms in the windows of high-rise, modernist buildings making her fictions seem real.
"Saturday Night" is Kims Opus Maximus. A color photograph light box thats 10-feet high and 15-feet wide, Saturday Night shows staged scenarios through the front windows of 66 rooms of the Radisson Blu Media Harbour Hotel in Düsseldorf. Kim started the project while still a student at the art academy in Düsseldorf, where she studied with the renowned photographer Thomas Ruff, and worked on it for three years. The rooms offer a variety of true stories that take place behind closed doors. A woman kills a man with a wine bottle; a man masturbates while watching porno; a woman obsesses over her cat; a group of young men get drunk; two women entertain a bachelor party by having sex together; a man leaves his child alone in a hotel room; and a wife waits late into the night for her husband to return home. Sordid tales of loneliness, pleasure seeking, and corruption get played out in the big picture and through individual photos of each room.
A photographer that thinks before she shoots, Kim In Sook comments on the human condition in uncanny ways, while fabricating fictitious images that are totally believable.
From November 3 - December 9, 2011 Olyvia Fine Art will be showing two lightboxes from her most iconic image "Saturday Night" at our gallery in Ryder Street, St. James.