VOID: Choong Sup Lim
May 5 - June 19, 2015
In collaboration with the Korea Society in NY.
Choong Sup Lim builds bridges between different worlds. He combines sculpture, painting, and found objects to assert a harmony among contrasting concepts, such as the regimentation of modern civilization and a chaotic universe, urban and rural life, and the West and Korea. To Lim, the emphasis on distinctions conceals a deeper truth, which he seeks to uncover through an “emptying of self” and a patching of the “in-betweens.”
The installation artwork in this exhibition, Luna, And Her Thousand Reflections, blends light, video, architecture, and elements from Korea’s traditional weaving culture, and employs moon imagery to reference an important debate on the nature of principle and material force that occupied Confucian scholars in 16th century Chosŏn Korea. It was the title piece of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea’s 2012 retrospective of Lim’s work, and was modified by the artist to fit our space.
Born in Jincheon, Chungcheongbuk-do, Lim attended Seoul National University before continuing his studies in New York City, where he now lives and works. Lim’s art is part of the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, and the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Korea.
This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Korea Society.
One, 2012, acrylic and U.V.L.S. gel on shaped canvas, 15 x 17 x 7 inches