Changing Figure

Korean Artist Project
Oct 25, 2016 5:17AM

                                 Kim KiHoon's Solo Exhibition

Sunev, 2011, Wood, Steel, Gear, Electric motor, 180 x 120 x 60cm

  How have we recognized a space and an object? Kim KiHoon’s Kinetic art suggests a new way of recognizing the space and object through objet and movement, furthermore, presents a new visual experience by breaking apart and transforming an image. In this exhibition, his works are classified into three rooms. ‘Sunev’ series in the first room is the work that creates a certain figure by using an empty space between two organically spinning objets.

Invisible thing, 2000, F.R.P, Urethane paint, 180 x 90 x 90cm

  Appreciating a sculpture, we have perceived actual things as an object and spaces as a background. Kim KiHoon made the invisible space become the object breaking our learned perception. This idea started from his early 2000’s work titled ‘Invisible things.’ The man and woman who were portrayed as if they are stuck in a cube of a fixed size devide the space as the interior and exterior making a virtual cube in our perception. In his work, Kim KiHoon ultimately objectified the space which is an invisible area.

  And in the third room, there are works that create subtle changes in the facial expressions of King Sejong and Queen Elizabeth as well as in the images of Monalisa’s face; the face changes by two panels overlapping each other.

  Previous works are about our learned perception of the object and space. Meanwhile these works are about transforming the perception of the iconic images of the figures in bills or masterpieces which are made by learning and memorizing. The ‘changing Figure,’ the title of the exhibition, means not just a change of objet, space, or image but a change of our attitudes toward the perception of the space and iconic image.

Curated by Choi Jae-Hyeok(Savina Museum of Contemporary Art)

Kim KiHoon is one of the participants of  Korean Artist Project, an online platform promoting Korean art.     

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