Kim Jiwon
Strange Explanations
(Enlightening Painting)

October 5 – October 28, 2006
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 5, 6:30-8:30pm

3850 Wilshire Blvd #107, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Director, Sarah Park  
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Hours, Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm

Kim Jiwon
(center) Island, 2005, ballpoint pen, gouache on paper, 16 x 12 inches.
(left)  Enlightening Painting, 2006, ballpoint pen, gouache on paper, 15.7 x 19.7 inches.
(right)  Mendrami, 2005, oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches.

AndrewShire Gallery presents Strange Explanations, a solo exhibition by Korean artist Kim Jiwon whose self-referential drawings and paintings draw connections between the artist, the society he lives in and everyday life.
The exhibition will consist of ballpoint pen and gouache drawings on paper that make the most of each medium by exploring the potential meaning between various symbols and the life of the artist.  Kim will also exhibit paintings in which oil and canvas come together with a line of attack that widens the connotation of painting itself.  The contrasting images within these works may appear to operate like ironic twists of fate contained by illogical allegories at first glance, but they play out as metaphors where anxiety and grief are in a delicate balance with extraordinary notions of enlightenment.  What occurs between the angst and illumination is not unlike a seed of war that is planted as it is defoliated.  Action takes place inside as well as outside the edges of Kim’s canvases where a soldier may lose his camouflage, an oversized dog fills the tree-lined deck of a large ship, a blimp is painted “camo” pink or the artist is seen from an aerial view as he flies in for a landing over a small community.        
Kim Jiwon’s approach to what he calls “meta-painting” has led him to create a body of work that raises questions about the process of painting and the artistic process.  The subjects of his drawings, whether they are the mountains, the desert, flowers, walls, cranes, dogs, or planes, use familiar scenes to convey his personal thoughts and observations in a manner that is both surprising and memorable.

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