FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sun Doo Kim
June 28 July 21, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 28, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
3850 Wilshire Blvd #107, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Director, John Souza
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Web site, http://www.andrewshiregallery.com
Hours, Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm
(l.) Sun Doo Kim, Namdo, the Southern Province - Mother's Land, 1994, powder color over jangji, 71.7 x 35.8 inches.
(r.) Sun Doo Kim, Going-The Rounded Sea, 2006, powder color over jangji, 47.2 x 62 inches.
AndrewShire Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Korean artist Sun Doo Kim whose Jang Ji process paintings are conceived as reactions to the conditions present in his life. While his work is not without its influences from abroad, Kim responds to his environment with an experimental spirit and by paying tribute to his homeland through representations of regional nature and through symbols that refer to the lives of South Korea’s indigenous people.
Sun Doo Kim uses Jang Ji technique with ink and pigment on Korean paper and canvas. This is executed with brush in fanciful calligraphic marks, fields of color and Rorschach-like characters that include additional embedded color areas. Close attention reveals that each silhouette is made up of fragments of heavy rice paper from which he cuts out images exposing the surface beneath. Kim’s rural childhood and lived experience in the southern province of Korea are given visual form as his humor and wit inform the energy of the larger primary brushwork. Also, there are bonus narrative elements that frequently put in a good word for nature.
No matter what his individual life situation or concept of consciousness, Sun Doo Kim functions within a larger setting where globalization is more and more becoming the condition of cultural production. For Kim this is not instinctively a matter of concern since, for him, the global still exists in tension with the local. Kim’s art specifically exemplifies this situation, as he engages both home-grown traditions and the traditions of other cultures.
Kim Sun Doo is Professor of Art and Chair of Painting at Chung-Ang University, Korea. He also received a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Chung-Ang University, Seoul. Along with his extensive exhibition record, Kim also created imitations of works by nineteenth century Korean painter Seung-ub Jang for the film Chi-Hwa-Seon: Painted Fire, for which Im Kwon-taek won Best Director Award at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.