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Jongku Kim - performance/lecture/panel discussion


Jongku Kim - Exhibition/Performance/Lecture and Panel Discussion


Tuesday, February 11 at 6:15 pm


VAC lobby at 6:30 = lecture and panel in 1B20 immediately following performance, CU-Boulder

For info

Jongku Kim

In his artwork, Kim Jongku crosses various media and does not center on a particular material. He uses black, steel powder—the result of an industrial grinding process—and “writes” calligraphic inscriptions on the floor of a pristine, white environment, as if the iron powder were Chinese ink. Then, using closed-circuit cameras positioned on the floor, Kim projects his constructed vista onto a screen to evoke traditional Korean ink-and-brush painting.

His video installations display a horizontally unfolded landscape that opens up a new place of possibility, hope, and coexistence. In this space, the viewer’s shoes are projected onto the screen and appear to dwarf a mountain, allowing the person to escape from day-to-day limitations and to experience peaceful and free spirituality. The metamorphosis of steel is connected with the artist’s criticism of today’s materialistic civilization. Kim transforms a mass of steel into powder and then into a horizontal landscape to visualize his aspirations of bringing the vertical system of contemporary society back to an unbiased horizontal system.


This event is part of the Visiting Artist Program

We would like to thank our students for making this program possible with funding from Art and Art History Student Activities Fees.

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