Kibong Rhee, ‘Place without memory’, 2013, Kukje Gallery

About Kibong Rhee

Water is the primary element that informs Kibong Rhee's ephemeral landscape paintings. The artist believes that water, in all its forms, embodies life's fleetingness, existing somewhere between the spiritual and physical worlds. Kibong incorporates these qualities into his work, emphasizing the mutability of forms and our perceptions of them. Layering clear Plexiglas atop canvas, he creates painted scenes from the natural world that are hazy and dreamlike, almost apparitions. In Thought, Action, or Dream (2013), a hillside of trees is partially obscured by fog. The trees seem to be simultaneously taking shape and disappearing, caught in a perpetual state of flux.

Korean, b. 1957