Kajin Kim is an artist born in Korea who is currently based in New York City. She works with moving images, printed matter and installation to explore the complexities of mediation in the contemporary experience of physical disembodiment. Disparate projections, transparent prints, iridescent surfaces and screens resonate with each other in her installations, creating an environment where images are touched, reflected, and looked through.
UV print on PET film, hanger, PVC pipe, looping videos, online whiteboard, tablet, ceramic, false wall, pigment inkjet print, Dynamic Desktop wallpaper, TV monitor, laser engraved silver mirror, lightbox, UV print on PVC film, towel hanger, logo projector
As the pandemic continues, a certain sense of absence and isolation from others has been permeating my life. I want to create placeholders that serve as invitations for someone who is not here but is around somewhere else. Like a chair. Chairs carry traces of the bodies that have sat on them, but they are also invitations to sit. They create places for propositional bodies – even if no one is here, the body is expected and implied. The components installed on and inside the wall are like apertures or windows. We’re usually accustomed to see walls as barriers blocking us from experiencing that other space behind the walls. By making apertures, I want to dismantle the wholeness of the physical barriers. I want to make the walls a meeting point, where many layers are folded and coexist.
Sweet Spot (detail)
UV print on PET film, hanger, PVC pipe
Sweet Spot (detail)
Tablet, looping video, lightbox, laser engraved silver mirror, TV monitor, Dynamic Desktop wallpaper changing throughout the day
This spring, the Hunter College MFA Program in Studio Art will graduate 26 artists who completed their degree over the challenging months of the COVID-19 pandemic. These talented MFA Thesis Candidates are exhibiting their work in six group exhibitions at 205 Hudson, in addition to this online spotlight hosted by Hauser & Wirth. At time when the public audience for in-person exhibitions has been limited by the pandemic, we are excited to provide this digital platform to the emerging artists from Hunter College’s MFA Program in Studio Art.
Images: All images courtesy of Kajin Kim