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Sky Kim
Brooklyn, NY

ARTIST STATEMENT: ‘Scroll Series: Vaguely Sensual, Obsessively Organic’ A series of abstract painting/drawing that captures the vital energy of all living beings through microscopic scanning. There’s a constant tug of war embedded in the organic undulations in my work. The shapes are comforting, yet dizzying; fluid, yet stagnant; organic, yet abstract; delicate, yet obsessive. Symbols of waters and blood represent what we once were in the womb, the beginning point of life, and of my personal memory of my stillborn twin sister. My memory of her in the long but brief time we spent together in the womb, which was only time that we were together, has entirely prevailed in my unconsciousness. The symbol of water and blood drops on the surface, whose personality also implies both the principles of Yin and Yang, co-exist in one body rather than staying separated from another. They shouldn't be interpreted as a neuter gender, instead they should be understood as the life energy that a fertilized egg newly acquires, beyond the visual, sexual differences of the flesh. In my work, each circle, a perfect form found in nature, contains the energy which allows a being to consistently evolve into a complete form of nature. The complete, vital form is favored not in order to discover who I am, but to create myself anew. My “Scroll Series” suggests a new boundary of painting. Both the 10 yard-long paper roll I choose for painting and the three-dimensional optical effect that the dense elements of the central figure will allow me to achieve a new dimension of dots, lines, circles, and curves. When looking at a solid stone under microscope, there are many movements. This vitality and non-stop evolutionary movement are what is going on in the center of my work. I record my personal time and space, as well as my raw emotions; excitement, anxieties, regrets, hope, frustration, shame, guilt and letting go of things. As writers use old-fashioned typewriters to tell their stories, I leave my own traces of being in a timely-manner on 10 yard-long paper rolls. I’d like to reach out to audiences by awakening their originality and helping them reshape their vitality, which has been taken away by numerous life aspects. I want my work to give audiences an opportunity to ask themselves who they were before and who they are now. Following one dot after another all the way into the core of my painting and connecting dots of their own life might lead my audience to the center of their being and discover wholeness.

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Solo & Two Person Exhibitions
2015 ‘Quantum One’, St. Joseph's University Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2014 ‘Mapping Out the Matrix’, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN
2012 ‘One Spirit, One Breath’, Haas Gallery, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, PA
‘Sacred Geometry’, chashama Gallery, New York, NY
2011 ‘Reiterate the Repeat’, Sheppard Gallery, University of Nevada, NV
‘Sea of SAMSARA’, Dalet Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
‘SAMSARA’, Earlville Opera House Arts Center, NY
2010 NARS Open Studios Visiting Artist, NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY
2008 ‘Two Person Show’, Gallery Oms, Fort Lee, NJ
2002 Duck-won Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1998 ‘Images of Beauty’, The Right Bank Gallery, New York
1998 Dada Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 ‘On Belonging and The Void Between’, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
‘Personal Tesserac’, Spring/Break Art Show, New York, NY
2016 ‘Rind’, Carrie Able Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
‘Beep International Painting Prize’, Elysium Gallery, Swansea Wales, UK
‘Pin It Up’, The Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ
‘Errand into The Maze’, Art House Productions, Jersey City, NJ
‘Beep International Painting Prize’, Elysium Gallery, Wrenxham Wales, UK
‘On Site in 16 Cities’, Berlin Collective world tour exhibition, Berlin, Germany, Sydney, Australia
2015 ‘EXIT Cartografía de la Creatividad’, The Museo De Arte De Sinaloa (Sinaloa Art Museum), Sinaloa, Mexico.
‘Working Artist’, Academic Gallery, Long Island City, NY
‘Asian Art 40 Years: Contemporary Views’, QCC Gallery, The City University of New York, NY
2014 ‘Leaps into the Void: Shamanism, Meditation, Transcendence, Oblivion’, Garis & Hahn Gallery, New York, NY
‘The Draftsmen’s Congress', The New Museum, New York, NY
2013 ‘ASlAP’, Dumbo Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
‘Unsteady Ground’, City without Walls, Newark, NJ
‘Breaking Open’, Blank Space, Oslo, Norway
2012 'GLAAD Art Auction', Metropolitan Pavillion, New York, NY
‘DUMBO Arts Festival’, Brooklyn, NY
'Subjective Objective', Victory Arts Projects Art Center, City, NJ
'Elements', Art House Productions, Jersey City, NJ
‘Re-imagine Ourselves’, Yara’s Winter Festival of New Art, Ukrainian Institute, NY, NY
2011 ‘Residue’, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
‘PIN-IT-UP’, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
‘DUMBO Arts Festival’, Brooklyn, NY (September)
‘Homage to Morandi: Essence of Art’, Brain Factory, Seoul, Korea
‘Art: Gwangju’, Kimdaejung Convention Center, Gwangju, Korea
2011 ‘Evolution of Power Movements’, The Stoop Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010 ‘Private Eyes’, I Made an Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
‘Multiplied Within’, Able Fine Art NY Gallery, NYC
‘Made from Earth’, Jersey City Art Fair, Jersey City, NJ
‘Ecstatic’, Curious Matter Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
‘Fuzzy Logic’, Thompson Gallery, The Cambridge School of Weston, MA
‘Oddly Alive’, The Troy Art Center, Troy, NY
2009 ‘Subject to Change, Ox Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
‘The Post Party World’, Salon Ciel & Subdivision Art, Long Island City, NY
‘Fresh Asphalt’, Gallery Satori, NYC
‘Paintpresent’, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY
‘The Sketchbook Project Tour’, Art House Gallery, Museum of Design Atlanta (Atlanta),
Museum of Contemporary Art DC (DC), Laconia Gallery (Boston), Antena Gallery, Chicago
Art Source Gallery (Chicago), Soulard Art Market (St. Louis), 3rd Ward (Brooklyn)


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