Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Babel: Chaos of Melancholy at Pitzer College Galleries

Babel: The Chaos of Melancholy
July 16- September 11, 2009
Pitzer Art Galleries, Nichols Gallery, Broad Center

Pitzer College
1050 North Mills Ave
Claremont, CA 91711-6101
Gallery Hours: Tuesday- Friday, Noon-5PM, or by appointment

"I wanted to use the material that the majority of this world population is limited to because of the lack of economic resource. What does it mean to build an architectural structure when you only have an access to scrap wood, earth, leaves, cardboard and some nails? In addition to the tower of Babel, I am also thinking about iconic towers such as Eiffel tower and the unbuilt Tatlin monument. So I see my structure as a prototype of a monument or an anti-monument based on a variety of archetypal structures such as the Coloseum, Empire State Buildig, and Burj Dubai, currently the tallest building in the world. But the more powerful archetypes that I am looking at are ones existing outside of main stream architecture, the shacks that people outside the castle live in and the shocking poverty that inspired Buddha to abandon his palace life."

Excerpt from the exhibition catalogue
Interview of the artist by Ciara Ennis, Director/Curator of Pitzer Galleries

For the full interview text, go to the address below.

Recent Collages

These are two versions of collages I created for a California Community Foundation commission.

"Koreatown Dawn to Dusk"
Commission by Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles
Installed on the metro trains and buses April-August 2009

Created as a part of "Many Waters" installation at 7+Fig Art Space, this was one of the largest collage pieces I've created.

"Rebuilt", installation at 7+Fig Art Space

"Rebuilt" at 7+Fig Art Space
A collaborative installation with painter Amy Green

as a part of "Building Paradise"
April 10-May 29, 2009
I also curated this fantastic group show. Please check out the link below.
For Amy's work, check her website at www.amygreen-art.com

Using construction building materials such as wood, plexiglass panels, paint, and tapes in addition to a video and cut photos, Kyungmi Shin and Amy Green creates an imaginary landscape inspired by the sci-fi movies, mangas, and utopian architecture. Bringing together Static and moving imagery, Green and Shin creates a fantastical world that is in flux and in-between states of being built and deconstructed. Their installation plays with a notion of a paradise that is part imaginary and part real that allow for entropy and flux in isolated or fixed systems.

"Rich" at Sweeney Gallery, UC Riverside

"Rich" at Sweeney Gallery, UC Riverside
January-March 2009
curated by Tyler Stallings

The installation originally shown at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica traveled to the Sweeney Gallery at UC Riverside. The line drawings in the first installation developed into a sculptural form in this installation.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"Many Waters" and "War Cut" at Japanese American National Museum

These are installation images from my installation at Japanese American National Museum. I am participating in a group exhibit curated by Rita Gonzalez and Kris Kuramitsu, "20 Years Ago Today: Supporting Visual Artists in LA".

For JANM, I created a site-specific installation for their lobby space, adapting an installation "Many Waters" originally created for 7+Fig Art Space. I also installed a wall sculpture, "War Cut" from 2005, made with sheets of newspaper covering Iraq War.

"20 Years Ago Today: Supporting Visual Artists in LA"
Lynn Aldrich | Cindy Bernard | Natalie Bookchin | Erica Cho | Sandra de la Loza | Roy Dowell | Eve Fowler | Harry Gamboa Jr. | Todd Gray | Jim Isermann | Hilja Keading | Charles LaBelle | William Leavitt | Jesse Lerner | Won Ju Lim | Monica Majoli | Daniel J. Martinez | Dominique Moody | Kori Newkirk | Ruby Osorio | Lari Pittman | Rachel Rosenthal | Erika Rothenberg | Betye Saar | Lezley Saar | Connie Samaras | Kyungmi Shin | Haruko Tanaka | John Valadez | Sara Velas | Megan Williams | Bruce and Norman Yonemo

October 4, 2008 through January 11, 2009
Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street
Los Angeles, California 90012
phone: 213.625.0414
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 11 AM to 5 PM
Thursday: 11 AM to 8 PM

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

"Rich" at 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica

"Rich" is a multi media installation I created for the Project Space at 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica. The installation is composed of three video projections, wall paintings, photos and line drawing on the wall and floor. The videos are scenes from funeral shot in Ghana in the village where we have our studio home, and from a African American church service in Inglewood, CA, a block from our Los Angeles home. The fragmented and abstracted images and sound from the video are integrated into the overall wall installation.

The exhibit is presented in conjunction with "100% Other: rtists and Psycho-Demographic Transitions" and both this and my exhibit was curated by Tyler Stallings, director, UC Riverside Sweeney Gallery.

The show opened April 12th, and runs through June 29th, 2008.
Hours are M-F 12-6PM

18th Street Arts Center
1639 19th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

"Blue" at Torrance Art Museum, PIX show

I just finished an installation of "Blue" at Torrance Art Museum as part of the "PIX: Some Recent Photos from the Post-Filmic Era." I have taken my installation, "Blue Notes" from 2004, and have updated the installation by adding drawings on the wall that relate to the photographs. "PIX" has photo installations by many other artists as well. Hope you can check it out when you find yourself in the area.


Some Recent Photos from the Post-Filmic Era

Stephanie Allespach, Bia Gayotto, Todd Gray, Micol Hebron, Audrey Mandelbaum, Douglas McCulloh, Kyungmi Shin, Daniel WHeeler

March 29 - May 31, 2008
Reception: Saturday, March 29, 7-10PM

Torrance Art Museum
at the Joslyn Center
3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503

Hours: T-Sat 11-5PM
Closed on May 17 and May 24.