This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Nari Kim.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
My work creates absolute, non-hierarchical situations. In that way, I hope my audiences see/experience absolute, non-hierarchical situations which they might never experience in their everyday lives, and I hope these experiences have a positive effect on their lives.
Hierarchy and sign are social byproducts which are derived from a male-dominated history. Because signs decide the class structure between objects and persons, I attempt to erase or decontextualize sign in objects. I indiscriminately aggregate objects which are defined by a male-dominated society. I interpret these objects democratically, and assemble these objects for female-centered situations. I see objects and images as phenomena which need to be broken down.
What is an artist’s responsibility?
I believe an artist’s responsibility is to exhibit works which succeed conceptually and/or visually. Ideally, artists should do their best to live up to the values implied by their work.
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
iPad Drawing (Still Life #6), 2016, plastic, flexi glass, acrylic on iPad protection flim, iPad holder for car, black and white print on vinyl, 64 x 48 x 9 in. Photo: Donnie Kim
iPad Drawings are my favorite work I have made so far. iPad Drawing (Still Life) (2014-present) is a series in which images are drawn on an iPad screen while the iPad’s drawing application runs. The colored images are drawn by hand. The black and white images are created by the iPad’s drawing application. The iPad’s drawing application captures brush movement as colored images are drawn on top of the screen. The gesture of touching a smartphone and seeing the images in real-time are captured and visualized. Selecting the images which are to be drawn is determined based on Google search results. I draw each image in equal composition.
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:
I have works for which tentative plans exist, but I don’t think of these ideas as works I will never make. I think every artist’s ideas have some potential value. In my experience, sometimes I cannot solve a certain problem which creates an obstacle for turning an idea into a fully realized work in the present moment, but the idea remains in my mind and it may lead to unpredictable and positive results in the future. The idea may help me create other works and/or the problem with the idea may eventually be resolved sufficiently to create a work.
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
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(Image at top: Resolution Study (Dancing Water), 2016, Ironing board, inkjet prints on transfer paper for iron, fabric, laptop, speaker, video clip from YouTube , 67 x 51 x 112 in. All images: Courtesy of the artist)