SUNNY KIM : ISLANDS

May 10, 2022 to June 18, 2022
  • ISLANDS

    ISLANDS

    Sunny Kim reconstructs emotions of loss and displacement into an image that blurs the boundaries between reality and illusion. In her new paintings, presented in this online exhibition, ‘Islands’, classic elements of nature such as rocks, trees, and water are invoked alongside abstracted forms, such as the round fluffy organisms that permeate through her landscapes. The atmosphere is dark and hazy, yet light in weight, leaving an impression of a floating world containing fleeting images that may seem familiar, yet ethereal. 

     

    Kim often employs ‘Girls in uniform’ as a symbolic image that expresses the psychological presence of what has been lost. It is borne from the abrupt shift in the artist’s youth as an immigrant from Korea to America, where experiences of uncertainty and vulnerability in her formative years left enduring feelings of disconnect in Kim. She collages fragments of her memories and time, both experienced and imagined, to build an emotional and sensory landscape. These images are used as instruments for building a world that keeps editing itself between imagination, hope, and darkness - while imbuing it with a sense of grounding.

     

  • Sunny Kim, Ascend, 2021

    Sunny Kim

    Ascend, 2021 Acrylic on canvas
    40 x 51 in
    101.6 x 129.5 cm
  • Sunny Kim, Boulders, 2021

    Sunny Kim

    Boulders, 2021 Acrylic on canvas
    56 x 43 in
    142.2 x 109.2 cm
  • Sunny Kim, Creek, 2021

    Sunny Kim

    Creek, 2021 Acrylic on canvas
    56 x 43 in
    142.2 x 109.2 cm
  • Sunny Kim, Invitation, 2021

    Sunny Kim

    Invitation, 2021 Acrylic on canvas
    42 x 46 in
    106.7 x 116.8 cm
  • Sunny Kim, Flight, 2022

    Sunny Kim

    Flight, 2022 Acrylic on canvas
    48 x 36 in
    121.9 x 91.4 cm
  • Sunny Kim, Revisit, 2022

    Sunny Kim

    Revisit, 2022 Acrylic on canvas
    48 x 36 in
    121.9 x 91.4 cm
  • Sunny Kim (b. 1969, Seoul) lives and works in New York and Seoul. She received her BFA from Cooper Union, N.Y. and her MFA from Hunter College, N.Y. She has exhibited at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul and Gwacheon; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul; Kunstalle Wien, Vienna; Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul; A.P.T Gallery, London; Artists Space, New York; Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul; Gallery Hyundai 16 Bungee, Seoul; Space bm, Seoul; and A-Lounge, Seoul, among others. She has held residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, Ucross Foundation, and MMCA Residency Changdong, and received grants from the Arts Council Korea, Platform Choice at Incheon Art Platform, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She was selected for the Korea Artist Prize 2017 and exhibited at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA, Korea) in 2002, 2016, 2017, and 2021.