Conditional Drawings – Minae Kim

Installation view

March 12th~April 9th, 2015

DOOSAN Gallery New York is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of Minae Kim, a recipient of the DOOSAN Artist Award, from March 12 through April 9, 2015.

Minae Kim employs the structure of the interior of exhibition spaces as a portion of her work through site-specific installation. In this way, her work brings to the fore questions regarding traditional perspectives in art, institutionalization, and self-referentiality.

While Kim’s work may be existential in the sense that it materializes the manner in which an individual responds to reality, Kim also maintains a skeptical attitude towards systems that regulate art. Therefore, the self-contradicting attitude of having to cope with institutionalization despite its absurdity and irregularity is apparent in her work.

In addition, Kim’s works by necessity exist through relying on structures and having a mutually dependent relationship, so instead of being formally isolated and complete, her works appear limited, restricted, and unfinished. In this exhibition, she will debut Conditional Drawings, a new work that interrogates the supposed binary relationship between art and the exhibition space.

The artist measures the often disregarded but functional areas of the gallery such as the front door and the reception desk, then uses their scale to create a wall drawing, or hangs frames on the wall?all to create a correspondence between the space and the work. But the significant essence of Kim’s work is that it does not in and of itself carry specific content, thereby pointing outside of itself to allow viewers to question the pre-existing condition of the “white cube” and other conventions and systems.

Minae Kim (b. 1981) received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Sculpture from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea and her M.A. in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art in London, U.K. She has held solo exhibitions at DOOSAN Gallery (2014, Seoul, Korea), HADA Contemporary (2013, London, U.K.) and Kwanhoon Gallery (2008, Seoul, Korea), and has participated in group exhibitions at venues that include Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art (2014, Seoul, Korea), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (2013, Gwacheon, Korea), FORT (2012, London, U.K.), Dreispitzhalle (2012, Basel, Switzerland), Gallery Hyundai (2012, Seoul, Korea), Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale (2011, Incheon, Korea), PLATEAU Samsung Museum of Art (2011, Seoul, Korea), and Kukje Gallery (2010, Seoul, Korea).

Image : Conditional Drawing, 2015, framed corrugated plastic, paint on the wall, 38x38x3 cm

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