Gallery Exhibit: Mikyung Kim, Pile-Strata


Mikyung Kim: "Pile-Strata"
Gallery at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center
November 9 - December 13, 2011

Mikyung Kim is a Korean born conceptual sculptor living in New York. She is interested in the relationship between the intrinsic meanings of game and rite. Her work is deeply rooted in Eastern ceremony, especially ancestor worship by creating the tableau as an altar setting. Kim received her BFA from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea and her MFA from Pratt Institute in New York City. She has lived and worked in New York since 1979. 

Her numerous solo and group exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum of Art, Blum Helman Warehouse, Art in General, Art on the Beach and Art Omi, in New York; the National Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City; as well as the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Kwachon, Korea and the Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art in Kungju, Korea. She has lived and worked in New York since 1979.


Artist Statement

The drawings in these recent series—titled “Pile-Strata” —are inspired by ancient ritual stone mounds and stupa. The images are a result of serialized succession, each drawing a product of both random and composed elements. This produces a form of controlled spontaneity that mirrors the interplay between the fleeting mind and metamorphic nature, and the strata of our rooted unconscious.

As I apply pigment-infused resin in single strokes to the surface—using only a carpenter’s putty knife—the hidden shapes emerge, evoking the misty landscapes seen in dreams or Chinese ink calligraphy, or of the fluid waves of the ocean. 

I am fascinated with this newfound, instinctive process, and the immediacy of the imminent forms. It allows me to compose patterned layers, echoing like the pulses of our transient thoughts.

As a sense of mystery surrounds the canons of nature and mind, so is there unpredictability in how these waves will finally surface, until only the layers that connect them together remains.