This exhibition examines the body of work of Bukang Yu Kim, which reflects a tension between the artist’s cultural identities and sense of self through mark making. Kim’s distinct calligraphic brush strokes result in a gestural abstraction that goes beyond the binary of Eastern and Western art practices.
Kim’s dual national identity (South Korean and American) creates a complicated interplay between two conflicting perspectives that come together in deceptively seamless forms. The dynamic brush strokes contain layers of meaning that are expressed through the act of painting, which result in a visceral aesthetic experience that is reminiscent of American Abstract Expression but with calligraphic markings that boldly declare a deep sense of intentionality.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website