31 May 2012 — 8 Aug 2012

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KDK(Kim Dokyun)

KDK’s solo show is to take place at the Gallery 2, two years after line up, his exhibition of 2010. The artist is presenting six large-scale pieces as a new series, b recalling stars and light in the night sky.

Space and stars, the real and false

These new pieces of work mostly look like photographs of the densely studded stars in the sky or falling meteors, or the light draped across a dark sky. Except for one however, these are photographs of ‘the new space engendered by things around us’ such as a broken monitor, a hole in a black curtain, details of a sculptural work, and the back of an office chair. With this the artist raises the problem of the relation between photographic subjects and photographic images, ‘the real and the false’. He presents a maximization of his intention by displaying a mixture of images of true and false stars.

Photographing space engendered by things

KDK has showcased diverse spectrums of space from gigantic buildings to edges of a room through the series, a, f, sf, w, and line up. The new series b shows his expanded vision, addressing ‘space engendered by things’. The ‘b’ refers to ‘black’ or ‘between’, encapsulating ambivalent meaning, as in his previous work. It also means his photographs present ‘black’ scenes and ‘in-between’ space created through a harmony of space and objects. He made this attempt at his previous exhibition, Space Study at the Plato Gallery (previously Rodin Gallery) last year. At the exhibition he presented ‘a new space’ (solid, three dimension) through peculiar abstract scenes (photograph, two dimension), engendering space through a harmony of Rodin’s The Thinker and space.

Seeking formal features inherent in photographs

The b series appears abstract even though it is photographs of ‘space’. His work is mainly marked by his representation of diverse conceptual tricks arising at the moment a three-dimensional subject is contained on a two-dimensional plane. This is a keyword to understand his photography. Most domestic photographic works focus on content whereas KDK has consistently concerned about and experimented with photography’s indigenous formal features. A music piece the musician Lee jee reen (Humming Urban Stereo) composed to mark the exhibition is introduced here. Referring to this music and works exhibited, KDK also produces video b (running time 2’58”) in collaboration with video director Kim Intae.