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Featured Artist: Inbai Kim

On a recent trip to Seoul, South Korea, we stopped by some commercial galleries to capture the mood of contemporary South Korean art.

One of the most impressive artists we encountered was Inbai Kim. He has been establishing his credentials since the mid-2000s and his works continue to focus on themes of altering perceptions and developing new, skewed realities. Represented by the Arario Gallery in Seoul, his recent solo exhibition, entitled, “Eliminate Points, Lines and Planes” comprises 15 new works which the artists has been developing over the past three years.

Kim expands on the notion of classical sculpture, by combining traditional bust forms with angular appendages and structures that appear to punctuate the surrounding space with three-dimensional ferocity. His assembly of work represents studies in geometry as well as humanity, and the displayed table of spherical objects particularly reflects the raw, elemental nature of his work.

Half of the pieces were displayed upstairs in a blacked-out room to reflect their glinting gold surfaces while the pieces in the basement room, were held in stark contrast to the clean, white environment. Indeed duality is a central theme of Kim’s work, where the pieces are always contradictory and in juxtaposition. Abstract sculptures are displayed on traditional plinths, human torsos depict animal heads, and the scientific nature of strict geometry jars with the organic and fluid lines of the human being.

Keep an eye on upcoming exhibitions from South Korean artists at the Arario Gallery, Seoul. – Louise Stuart Trainor

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