kimsooja transforms new york gallery into luminous landscape of shifting color

kimsooja transforms new york gallery into luminous landscape of shifting color

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KIMSOOJA returns to new york

 

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery presents Kimsooja‘s first solo exhibition with the gallery, marking her long-awaited return to New York for a solo show in nearly two decades. The show, titled ‘Meta-Painting,’ runs from April 12th to June 14th, 2024, and showcases a selection of the artist’s key works, including pieces from her ongoing series ‘To Breathe,’ ‘Bottari,’ ‘Deductive Object,’ and the titular ‘Meta-Painting.’

 

Kimsooja’s practice draws heavily on the concept of the bottari, a traditional Korean bundle used to store and transport belongings. The bottari becomes a central motif, both physically and metaphorically, representing not just essential possessions and a nomadic way of life, but also the universality of home, migration, and the concept of being in transition.

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installation view, Meta-Painting, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, April 12 – June 14, 2024. courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

 

 

transformING tANYA BONAKDAR GALLERY with light

 

This two-part iteration of Kimsooja’s ‘To Breathe’ extends the bottari concept throughout Tanya Bonakdar Gallery’s New York space. Light takes center stage, transforming the space with various forms of illumination. Special films on the windows refract natural light, creating iridescent landscapes that shift throughout the day. Inside the main exhibition space, a mirrored platform reflects the gallery’s architecture, inviting viewers to engage with their surroundings and contemplate their own reflection. Colored light projected from above bathes the platform, creating an ever-changing tableau that explores the concept of painting with light and expands the traditional definition of the art form.

kimsooja new yorkinstallation view, Meta-Painting, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, April 12 – June 14, 2024. courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

 

 

painting and sculptural explorations

 

Upstairs, a series of Kimsooja’s new ‘Meta-Paintings’ hang suspended from the ceiling, accompanied by bundled forms reminiscent of the bottari. These works delve into the essence of painting and its origins. The linen used in the Meta-Paintings was spun from flax that Kimsooja herself planted, cultivated, and harvested. This process underscores the cyclical nature of creation, with the unpainted canvas embodying the connection between painting, agriculture, and textiles.

 

Kimsooja’s ‘Deductive Object’ is a wrapped, sculptural form that hints at birth and death. The ovoid shape draws inspiration from the Brahmanda stone, an Indian mythological symbol representing the origin of creation. Enveloped in deep black, the object absorbs light, while its mirrored base reflects the surrounding space, creating a sense of infinite depth. ‘Deductive Object: (Un)fold’ uses crumpled hanji, Korean rice paper, that retains the imprint of the artist’s hand. These works are displayed alongside a sculptural stack of 500 sheets of hanji titled ‘Meta-Painting,’ which takes nearly a year to dry into its final form.

kimsooja transforms new york gallery into luminous landscape of shifting color
Kimsooja, ‘To Breathe,’ 2015, Meta-Painting, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, April 12 – June 14, 2024. photo by Pierre Le Hors, courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

kimsooja transforms new york gallery into luminous landscape of shifting color
Kimsooja, To Breathe, 2015, Meta-Painting, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, April 12 – June 14, 2024. photo by Pierre Le Hors, courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

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Kimsooja, To Breathe, 2015, Meta-Painting, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, April 12 – June 14, 2024. photo by Pierre Le Hors, courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

kimsooja transforms new york gallery into luminous landscape of shifting color
Kimsooja, To Breathe, 2015, Meta-Painting, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, April 12 – June 14, 2024. photo by Pierre Le Hors, courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

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Kimsooja, Deductive Object, 2016, Meta-Painting, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, April 12 – June 14, 2024. photo by Pierre Le Hors, courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

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Kimsooja, Meta-Painting, 2024, Meta-Painting, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, April 12 – June 14, 2024. photo by Pierre Le Hors, courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeleskimsooja transforms new york gallery into luminous landscape of shifting color
Kimsooja, Meta-Painting, 2024, Meta-Painting, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, April 12 – June 14, 2024. photo by Pierre Le Hors, courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

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Kimsooja, Meta-Painting, 2024, Meta-Painting, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, April 12 – June 14, 2024. photo by Pierre Le Hors, courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

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Kimsooja, 'Meta-Painting' (detail), 2024
Kimsooja, 'Meta-Painting' (detail), 2024
Kimsooja, 'Deductive Object: (Un)fold' (detail), 2023
Kimsooja, 'Deductive Object: (Un)fold' (detail), 2023
Kimsooja, 'Meta-Painting,' 2024
Kimsooja, 'Meta-Painting,' 2024
Kimsooja, 'To Breathe,' 2015
Kimsooja, 'To Breathe,' 2015
Kimsooja, 'To Breathe,' 2015
Kimsooja, 'To Breathe,' 2015

project info:

 

exhibition title: Meta-Painting

artist: Kimsooja | @kimsoojastudio

gallery: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery | @tanyabonakdargallery

location: 521 West 21st Street, New York, NY

on view: April 12th — June 14th, 2024

photography: © Pierre Le Hors, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

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