Soomeen Kim, Chanhee Choi
229 Central Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (View Map)
April 14th - May 3rd, 2017 Space 776
Opening Reception: 6PM-8PM, April 14th, 2017
This spring Soomeen Kim and Chanhee Choi present Whip Pink, a co-created exhibition showing from April 14th to May 3rd in Space 776, Brooklyn, NY. We bring forth a lighter, and playful rendition of our process. Whip Pink is about collaborating in joyful celebration to showcase our works.
By questioning and reevaluating our own works we present an alternate variation of our thesis.
Soomeen’s installation series of ‘O,X drawings’ features the method and process of finding answers in an incomplete state. Through these shapes, we attempt to depict our vision by connecting deformed particles and broken elements. These figures embody and collapse through erasure and dripping. Covering layers of images with white color eliminates previous colors and spaces. But the white that covers these images do not blanket the images underneath completely. The letters ‘O’, and ‘X’, repeatedly scrawled on the image, show an action of pursuing answers to questions internally all while liberating ourselves from the answers. We produce a solution through repetition, this is apart of the process to present our work as a celebratory action.
Chanhee’s performance is based on Jesa, an ancestral memorial ceremony which is rooted in both primitive and Confucianism belief. Jesa is commonly performed on the anniversary of an ancestor's death and traditional holidays. It is traditional for all of the women in the household to prepare the food while men are performing the ritual. Women are excluded from participating in Jesa. This divide, based on gender, calls to question the significance of marital status for the up and coming generation because of cultural obligation. Chanhee and her collaborators (Yona Lee, Jenny Kim) have created this Jesa performance to reverse the gender position and reclaim women’s rights. Our performance is dedicated to changing women’s roles not only in the Jesa ritual, but also future traditional practices. Jesa is turned into a collaborative performance, created to break boundaries that are restricting to Korean women in our chauvinistic culture. By creating joyful traditional practices created by women we change the tone and obligation to appease our male counterparts and take ownership of our own heritage.
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Writing by So Kom Grace Kim, Editing by Annie Brown
Soomeen Kim (Born in S.Korea) graduated MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014 and Hong-ik university with a BFA in 2009. She has exhibited with duo show including Gallery Koo, Seoul(2017) and group shows include Scope Art Fair, New York(2016), RSA Open Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh(2015), I Meet Together, I Agree, Vitrine Gallery, London(2014).
Chanhee Choi earned her BFA degree from Dongduk Women's University in 2013. She received her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies at School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 2016.Currently, Chanhee is starting her Ph.D. degree in Art and Technology major at DXARTS, University of Washington in 2017.
Her work has been shown at Chicago Expo, School of The Art Institute in Chicago and the Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, as well as at venues in Germany, Finland, Korea, and cities throughout the United States.