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  • Title: Garden-Journey#13
  • Creator: Kim, Chang Kyum
  • Date Created: 2012
  • Physical Dimensions: w64 x h96 cm
  • Type: Printing
  • Medium: Archival pigment print
  • Critic's Note: Fissures between Reality and Illusion The main viewing experience of his work is this sudden awakening that follow moments of pleasurable contemplation. The fissures of reality, which are revealed through timing and spatial differences, seem rather real. If reality is something alive, it should not be a closed structure but an open one. Representation, a mechanism which operates with precision in Kim’s artworks, is related to deconstructing representation. This is a strategy of denying representation by means of representation. The obtrusion of a black hole into the real in Kim’s work declares that reality itself is fabricated. Meaning may not reside in the thing itself in an artwork, but it certainly resides within the mind (Alain Robbe-Grillet). The bleak models that appear when the lights go out constitute the viewers experiencing of the object, different from a simplistic projection or reflection of the object. The main viewing experience of his work is this sudden awakening that follow moments of pleasurable contemplation. The fissures of reality, which are revealed through timing and spatial differences, seem rather real. If reality is something alive, it should not be a closed structure but an open one. According to Suzi Gablik, “the more stereotyped these labels and their usage, the more likely it is that the represented will be confused with the representation. The resulting confusion is generally called ‘realism’: when it is present to the highest degree, the two are indistinguishable.” The grammar of “fissure” and “gap” works assertively in Kim’s art, yet it is another form of chaos that exposes the chaos inherent in artlessness. It is a kind of homeopathy independent from a binary conception of reality and fiction. (This is an excerpt from an original text.)
  • Artist's Education: Sejong University. Seoul, Korea. B.F.A., Painting. Accademia de Belle Arti di Carrara. Carrara, Italy, Sculpture.

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