Angles Gallery is pleased to present Midday Moon, an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles artist Soo Kim. This is Kim's second solo exhibition with Angles Gallery. The forthcoming exhibition will open with a public reception for the artist on Saturday, November 3, 2012, 6-8 PM.
Midday Moon is an exhibition of new photographic works, and a limited edition, hand-made book. The image of an urban landscape over-populated by physical signs, has become a common image of capitalist/commercial enterprises and activity - Time Square or Piccadilly Circus - jammed full of signage even more visible than the people who participate in the commercial and cultural exchanges being advertised. City centers are heavily deluged with this type of graphic flotsam, plastered on walls and posters, on billboards of all sizes, on neon signage and large-scale digital displays: the wallpaper for the city's commercial activity.
As part of the series of works entitled Invisible Cities, the city of Taipei is photographed full of the advertisements and signs that cover the facades of the city's buildings. In these works, capturing the city at night, neon glare, the ads/signs are cut away, leaving the city's architecture peppered with voids; the cityscape is reconfigured as the spaces of commerce are removed. Two cut photographs are then layered on top of each other - the photograph with the cut out "voids" on top, is now filled in by parts of the second cityscape sitting behind it. The outlines of linguistic spaces in the city are left to layer themselves. An image of a dense city center appears, where the signage is still omnipresent but emptied out of the content that gave each sign its function. Other works in the series depict the urban landscape in daylight. More of each photograph (the signage, advertising, and buildings now) is cut away, showing a skeletal outline of a city (not prioritizing just the signage). In this case, less is more. The viewer recognizes the images as wanting to be "read," but the signs are self-denying, they exist and do not exist at the same time. Akin to many of the places that Italo Calvino's narrator describes in Invisible Cities, they are paradoxical spaces, existing somewhere between metaphor and reality.
In Light of the Moment is a limited-edition, outsize book made up of twenty-five photographs that are hand-cut and hand-bound with a silkscreened cover designed by Michael Worthington, and a newly commissioned text by Joshua Clover. The photographs that make up In Light of the Moment show the Urban Laboratory of Arcosanti, in Arizona. Arcosanti was designed, and has been under construction since 1970, by Paolo Soleri, whose urban strategy of 'Arcology' combines architecture and ecology.The photographs, taken over several days at different times of the day, follow the various buildings that make up the site: the exteriors and interiors, and the traces left by the various occupants who live and work there. Each photograph is hand-cut and assembled in the book to produce a different picture of the site where voids in the page reveal parts of other photographs, as well as the backs of the photographs that follow, inscribing the site with a dynamism Soleri envisions for his utopic community.
Soo Kim's work has been included in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, at venues including The Getty Center, Los Angeles; Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, California; Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles; Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University, Orange, California; Wallspace, New York; Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California; and The National Center for the Arts (CENAR), San Salvador, El Salvador, among others. In addition, her work was included in the Gwangju Biennale (2002) and COLA Individual Artist Fellowship Award Exhibition (2011). Her work is included in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Albright-Knox Gallery, and the Broad Foundation, among others. Kim studied at University of California, Riverside (BA), and California Institute of the Arts (MFA). She is a Professor and Director of the Fine Arts Photography Program at Otis College of Art and Design. Kim lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
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