SUZY TAEKYUNG KIM

POP

May 31 - June 30, 2012

Beautymark #40

Suzy Taekyung Kim

Beautymark #40

2012

Acrylic, glitter, mica, 24K gold

12 x 12 inches

Beautymark #36

Suzy Taekyung Kim

Beautymark #36

2012

Acrylic, glitter, mica, 24K gold on panel

12 x 12 inches

Utopia 1

Suzy Taekyung Kim

Utopia 1

2012

Acrylic, glitter, mica on panel

20 x 20 inches

Estrellita

Suzy Taekyung Kim

Estrellita

2012

Acrylic, glitter, mica on canvas

36 x 48 inches

Beautiful Stranger

Suzy Taekyung Kim

Beautiful Stranger

2012

Acrylic, glitter, mica on panel

45 x 90 inches

Press Release

BLANK SPACE is pleased to present a solo exhibition titled <POP> featuring selected new works by Suzy Taekyung Kim, a previously featured artist at the gallery. <POP> captures the intense energy of everyday experiences through bursts of radiance; juxtaposing soft blossoms with the residue of explosion.

 

The exhibition’s title, <POP>, not only suggests explosive bursting sounds and movements but also alludes to Pop Art. An example from the exhibition is “Estrellita”, meaning “little star” in Spanish, which pops with rhythm and gesture.  The “Beautymark Series” features flowers in bloom that can also be seen as bullet holes. Clouds are the artist’s translation of explosion in a whimsical and animated way. By placing clouds, florals, and dots in layers, one can almost hear the “popping” sounds of their kinetic energy.

 

Kim’s collection invites the viewer to experience powerful forces and beauty that are expressed through trapping a specific burst of radiance when a flower blooms. She views this beauty and intense energy as not only unique to flowers but also other seemingly ordinary experiences, encouraging the viewer to appreciate the beauty in the process. By weaving the space with contrasting images of foliage and explosions, she achieves the level of intensity she seeks.

These paintings showcase delicate rendering, reserved textures and controlled color palettes. Color is the essential element to this series. Paintings from the exhibition use specially-mixed colors created specifically for Kim. “Magic Spell”, for example, uses “city chic”, which is created from fine pigments and gold powder to allow different effects, depending on the viewer’s angle and light source/angles.

 

Born in Korea, this New York-based artist was educated at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (Canada) and University of British Columbia, and then received her MA from Steinhardt School of Education at NYU (New York). In the past decade or so she has had her work featured in a variety of group exhibitions in particular in Vancouver and New York City. Her work is part of a select number of private and corporate collections in Canada, the UK, Korea and the US. She has previously worked under the direction of Takashi Murakami, the contemporary Japanese artist, where she successfully managed the delicate balance of color and a refined painting application known as “Superflat”.