Hakgojae Gallery is pleased to present Light Reverberates, an exhibition of works by Hyunsik Kim (b. 1965, Sancheong, Korea) in Seoul, on view from February 7th through March 4th, 2018. This exhibition is Kim’s first solo exhibition in Hakgojae Gallery in Seoul, since his last in Hakgojae Shanghai, in 2016. The exhibition which will be held in Space 1 at Hakgojae Gallery, consists of 46 recent works. Along with Kim’s representative series, Who Likes Colors?, a new series with the title, Percy the Color, which derives from Colin West’s Percy the Pink (2003), a British children’s book, will be introduced in this exhibition. The series, Half of It, which is based on the artist’s perspective on harmony and balance, will be presented as well. Kim’s experimental methods with various forms and colors for each series are intriguing.
Kim likes to describe himself as a ‘traveler’ or a ‘travel guide.’ Having vast interest in philosophy, Kim aspires to explore the unknown world beyond what is visible. The journey to explore the unknown world often returns to the artist’s inner world. Kim contemplates about the relationship between ‘what is visible’ and ‘what is invisible.’ This continues on to questions about an existence and its true nature. It also continues on to questions about reality and illusion. At times, the virtue of these relationships and harmony provides enlightenment. Kim’s works depict the ‘in-between spaces’ between what is visible and invisible. If Kim is a traveler, the surface of his works is the entrance of the journey.
When examined from a close distance, Kim’s works are densely filled with fineness relief-like color lines under the clear epoxy-resin layers. The raised and sunk planes of the color lines create numerous layers, and the clear surface covering them creates yet another layer. The longer one looks at Kim’s works, the gaze towards the inside of the work becomes endless, searching for the unknown depth in between the lines. The artist aspires to create a three dimensional form within a two dimensional work. Hopefully, the process of searching for a new space under the surface of Kim’s works leads to the journey towards the inner world, hidden underneath the shell of existence.
Hyunsik Kim was born in Sancheong, Korea, 1965. He decided to study art due to his vague yearning for traveling or deviating to strange places as a teenager. It was to fulfill his ambition to explore the human’s invisible inner world through art. For the same reasons, he had much interest in philosophy. During his university days, he admired Jean Grenier (1898-1971), a French philosopher and novelist. Kim graduated from the Department of Painting from Hongik University in 1992. Along with his solo exhibition at Hakgojae Shanghai in 2016, Kim has held exhibitions in institutions such as; Art Loft (Brussels), Mauger Modern Art (London), and Gallery Lee & Bae (Busan, Korea). He also participated in numerous group exhibitions in institutions such as; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), Busan Museum of Art (Busan, Korea), Ming Art Center (Beijing), and more. He drew immense attention from art fairs such as; Start Art Fair (Saatchi Gallery, London), Art New York (Pier 94, New York), Art Miami (The Art Miami Pavilion; The Context Pavilion, Miami), Art Paris (Grand Palais, Paris), Art 021 (Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai), and more. He is currently living and working in Ulsan, Korea.