Water from Ganges River in the Cup Made with Newspaper from Congo
Kim Beom Solo Show –
Untitled (Water from Ganges River in the Cup Made with Newspaper from Congo), 2016, lithography on Fujimori paper.
Paper Wrapped (Baby Oils), 2016, objects wrapped with pigmented paper pulp on wooden base
Residential Watchtower Complex for Security Guards Schematic Unit Floor Plan, 2016, cyanotype on paper
The solo exhibition Water from Ganges River in the Cup Made with Newspaper from Congo at Kunsthal Aarhus shows a broad range of Korean artist Kim Beom’s (b. 1963) work and his approach to making art. Kim is interested in how we see and interpret the world and what happens to objects, when our point of view is slightly altered. In this simple, but radical change of perception, Kim questions the ways in which recognition is related to the act of seeing. His complex works address the relationship between the image and imagery, between facts and fiction, between the visual and tactile encounter. There are often humorous approaches to his examinations. The words and the titles are playful and crucial denominators in the works. Kim’s subtle imagery and texts are full of puns; they point out absurdities in everyday life and society in general. The title of the exhibition, Water from Ganges River in the Cup Made with Newspaper from Congo, is a good example of Kim’s humble, poetic playfulness and complex worldview. Everything is tied together and nothing is what it appears to be. The exhibition at Kunsthal Aarhus is divided into two parts. The works in Gallery 2 and 3 are mostly pieces Kim Beom developed during a residency at STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore, in 2016-2017. In the downstairs’ galleries, Gallery 4 and 5, a selection of older paintings from the 1990's and several video pieces are installed and carefully juxtaposed by Kim Beom. Kim Beom was educated at Seoul National University in the 1980’s, where he lived and refined his art practice until 1997.
On the occasion of the 60-year-anniversary for diplomatic relations between Denmark and South Korea, 2019 has officially been nominated as culture year for our two countries. Kunsthal Aarhus has been given the honour to be in charge of the official opening of the year of culture in Denmark.