Filo Sofi Arts, in collaboration with Kourosh Mahboubian Fine Art, is pleased to announce Sky Kim’s "Divine Thread," an exhibition featuring several of Kim’s most recent watercolors, drawings, and sculptures.
"Divine Thread" consists of works that juxtapose a tangible, earthy organicism with an abstract representation of the artist’s spiritual belief in reincarnation. Kim’s forms are immediately recognizable, yet they are not copied from any particular imagery. Her work employs repetitions of small, cell-like shapes that combine to form structures reminiscent of moving, breathing organisms. The perceived realness of her work is a testament to her immense technical skill. Painted in watercolor with the fine brush stroke of a miniaturist, her large works on paper and long scrolls appear sculptural, almost photorealistic. Her drawings and small, polymer clay sculptures are executed in that same vein with precision.
Each piece, ranging from lush and beautiful to grotesque and overtly sexual, inspires questions of our own existence as amalgamations of infinitesimal, atomic structures and their dynamic, vibrant energies. Lacking a sense of beginning and end, they provide an object of meditation beyond their purely aesthetic value. Kim says of herself, “my religion is Oneness,” referring to the common bond that unites all things in the universe, a central theme in all of her work.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Sky Kim received her MFA in Painting from the Pratt Institute. She is a recipient of the National Museum of Contemporary Art's National Korean Art Competition Award and a Pratt Institute Art Grant. She has exhibited across the U.S. and internationally, including the Toronto International Art Fair, GLAAD Art Auction, DUMBO Arts Festival, Gwangju Biennale, MOCA DC, Governors Island Art Fair and has been exhibiting and lecturing as a guest artist at universities, including University of Nevada in NV, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and St. Joseph's University in PA. Her work has been reviewed in The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Wall Street International, The Korea Herald, Artlog, The Korea Daily, Artefuse, Arts Observer, and on WMBC-TV.
Sky Kim’s Divine Thread is co-curated by Gabrielle Aruta and Kourosh Mahboubian and will run from May 3rd to June 10th, Wednesday - Sunday, from 12 to 6pm. For further information, please contact Gabrielle Aruta, (917) 524-7973, or via email at [email protected]