Mixed Media, Sculpture, Wood
120 x 85 x 123 cm / 47.2 x 33.4 x 48.4 in
Republic of Korea
7_b5 550%, 2019
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Taeyeon KIM (b. 1987, Korea Republic)
“Ruler” is a tool to measure a length and also means a governor. In this show, the foldable rulers become a master of the shapes as the artist KIM Taeyeon altered relationship between the role of the tool and shape that the tool makes. In KIM’s practice, one meter foldable ruler makes sixty different shapes and four of them were 5.5 times enlarged into big sculptures at the gallery space. For the artist, not to mention the ruler and shape, it is hard to answer which comes first even for such fixed relationship as cause and effect, or being active and passive.
Taeyeon KIM is utilizing many different media to question realistic matters he would face. They are from his daily life when he bumps into such unusual circumstances and limitations. (KIM once moved out from the building with no elevator and he actually took apart wood furnitures to make a slope and moved his load.) The problem and the artist both complement each other if he tries to figure it out proactively. He draws on latticed notebook with ruler and pencil to list up some problems and solutions. He also looks up definitions and synonym of words he jots down.
Taeyeon KIM received BFA in Department of Environmental Sculpture from University of Seoul and Maryland Institute College of Art, Mt. Royal School of Art, Multidisciplinary. Kim’s works have been featured in many group exhibitions including at Project Space Jung in Seoul; TAV Barry Room in Taiwan; Busan City Museum of Art in Busan; Baltimore LED Art Board in US; Leidy & Riggs Gallery in US and many more.