Whistle is pleased to announce Linear Scan, a solo exhibition by Kyoungtae Kim. Through this exhibition, Kim will open a dialogue on the movement of perspective, a pictorial discussion he has been preparing over the last year. His second solo presentation at Whistle, Linear Scan will be on view from 7 October to 12 November.
Kyoungtae Kim has taken objects such as rocks, nuts, books, scale cubes, and artificial flowers as his subject matter. He then magnifies them so vastly that the real scale of the object becomes unrecognisable, or he presents them as high-resolution images in which perspective has been eliminated. While he selects the subject according to the technique chosen, his meticulous handling of the object's scale and surface always remains the same.
In Kim's 2019 exhibition at Whistle, Dropping to the Surface, he photographed a centimetre cube in a manner referencing axonometric projection, an architectural drawing technique most often used in the production of blueprints. Lacking a vanishing point, these images become uncanny by the concurrent establishment of the similarities and differences between the image and reality of the actual object. This was later followed by his exhibition Bumping Surfaces, held at DOOSAN Gallery in 2021. He exhibited images of artificial flowers taken with the 'focus stacking' technique, which he used to blow up, or maximise the texture of various flowers' surfaces.
As seen in Linear Scan, Kim recreates the experience of moving focus as it passes through different structures while gazing at its subject. This technique enables the examination of characteristics that were otherwise invisible from a single perspective, revealed only by the merging of multiple points of view within one frame. Like so, Kim simultaneously reveals the expansion and limitation of sight through images realised by his selection of both technique and subject, and uniquely demonstrates a method of dividing up and looking at an unreal scene.
Kyoungtae Kim (b. 1983) received his BA in Visual Communication Design at Chung-ang University and his MA in Art Direction at École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL). Solo exhibitions include Linear Scan, Whistle, Seoul (2022); Bumping Surfaces, DOOSAN Gallery, Seoul (2021); Serial Compositions, einBuch.haus, Berlin (2021); Dropping to the Surface, Whistle, Seoul (2019). His work has been shown internationally, including at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Venice Biennale, Ilmin Museum, SongEun Art Space and more.
Press release courtesy Whistle.