ONE AND J. Gallery is pleased to announce Suyoung Kim's solo exhibition View & Hide to be held 6th October through 11th November.
Having long painted architectural structures, Kim emphasises the geometric elements of buildings, their flatness and the material properties of paint. She experiments with the relationship of time and objects, and boundaries between the abstract and the figurative. The process of her experimentation can be found in the changing titles of her works. In her earlier works using names of buildings and the time of day, the artist focused more on the characteristics of the subject and introduced the points at which the subject intersected with the medium of painting. Later the works were enlarged and reassembled, as she became more focused on visual compositions as emphasised in titles such as Two Sides, Double Faces and Symmetry. Kim subsequently changed titles in more neutral and serial ways utilising words such as Work no. These titles imply that the artist's consciousness and senses shifted from representation towards an interest in the flexible relationship between space and audience. Finally, this show's title, View & Hide, reveals the internal traces of relationship between the object and the gazing eyes and the psychological or emotional depictions within.
The title refers to Jay Appleton's aesthetic theory on landscape known as Prospect—Refuge. Appleton explains that a place, where viewing and hiding can be made at the same time, gives a person comfort. Abstracting this theory into View & Hide Kim might have recognised the relationship between her gazing eyes on objects (i.e. buildings) in a more flexible way transforming each moment with different degrees. The relatively monotonous vertical/horizontal landscapes that are repeatedly viewed negotiate different gazes and relationships with the artist. This is due to that the fact that the cognitive decision of 'looking at something' and the psychological exchange of 'when, where and how' operate differently each time. If her works show movements with more subversive gazes than they have before, it may point to the fact that Kim wanted to rely more on her personal perspective however hard to escape from the cognitive or emotional frameworks.
Press release courtesy One And J. Gallery.