Georges Bergès Gallery is pleased to announce Passages, a Wonsook Kim’s solo exhibition featuring abstract paintings and sculptures. “Rooted in the universal,” “grounding,” and “genuine” are some of the words used to describe Kim’s work. Her “extravagant” brush strokes and painting-style have been said to recall the works of Munch, Chagall, Magritte, and the like. Kim creates art that often displays human emotions and reflects on the complex and fundamental issues, symbolic fantasies, and rituals of ordinary life.
The exhibition explores the idea of transitions: lifetime changes, spaces between life and death, bridges, spiritual journeys, and other passages. Kim’s paintings often engage with themes of vulnerability and contrast: “If I can make someone look at things a bit differently, brighten their outlook, make them think in a different way or appreciate what they see around them, that’s a great success. Any piece of art, music, or writing alters our existence. The goal, the aspiration for doing this, is to celebrate life,” said Kim.
Wonsook Kim is a multifaceted South Korean American visual artist whose mediums include painting, drawing, print, and sculpture. Her works have been exhibited in solo and group shows in countries throughout the world, including Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, Canada, Bulgaria, South Korea, the United States, among others. Kim has given a number of national and international art lectures and presentations. In 1995 she was honored as ‘Artist of the Year’ by the United Nations.