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Designing Egos

Tuesday, April 27, 2010–Saturday, June 12, 2010

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Designing Egos is an exhibition of the work of Eun Hyung Kim. Throughout Kim’s dense floor-to-ceiling wall drawings, drawing-covered paper objects, and animated videos, myriad black and white cartoon scenes collide. Simplified figures, often reduced to a head or face, populate allegorical tableaus of tumult, connection, confrontation, and fantasy.

Kim describes his artistic process for Designing Egos as a “sweeping out” of thoughts and images from his mind and into his work. In Kim ’s words, “This process of showing everything in my mind, paradoxical as it may seem, is to empty my mind. This is related to the very basic philosophical question ‘Who am I? ’ or ‘Who are we? ’ I repeat this practice by making numerous drawings, a process I have named ‘Designing Egos. ’”

Designing Egos was commissioned as one of the projects in the 2009–10 At the Edge: Innovative Art in Chicago series.

Designing Egos is presented concurrently with John’s Luv and What Manner of Person Art Thou?

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ARTIST STATEMENT

Eun Hyung Kim

I sweep out my thoughts from my mind and pour those images into my work. This process of “sweeping out” makes very dense and crowded images as various forms of doodling, and it directly shows what I have inside me, even every detail of my private memories.

This process of showing everything in my mind, paradoxical as it may seem, is to empty my mind. This is related to the very basic philosophical question “Who am I”? or “Who are we”? I repeat this practice by making numerous drawings, a process I have named “Designing Egos.” My cartooned images have a value of anonymity that opens the possibility of sympathy between the viewers and my narratives, hopefully transcending race, age, sex, and other cultural values. So my images are accessible allegories of a multi-vocal world. With these images, I make large-scale wall drawings, animation, and mixed-media drawings on paper.

On my drawing ball (three-dimensional pencil drawing on crumpled paper), folded lines on a crumpled surface provides for interesting storylines, as this visual format lies between sculpture and two-dimensional drawings. Viewers can travel around in the crumpled structure by following tiny clones that I have designed.

Also, I develop large-scale wall drawings, which are designed to completely cover the wall of a room with my images. The wall drawing typifies the way my drawings morph into the environment itself. These large-scale drawings become experiences for the viewers, allowing them to take part in my work. When I make my drawings on paper and hang them on the wall, for example, the wall seemingly acts as a mere support for the drawings. However, after making drawings on the wall directly, those drawings begin to change into parts of the wall environment itself. This alteration illustrates a vital connection between place and my ideas.

EXHIBITION SUPPORT

Designing Egos is supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the College of Architecture and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago; a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency.

Special thanks to the jury that selected the 2009–10 At the Edge projects: Rosanne Alstatt (curator), Huey Copeland (Professor of Art History at Northwestern University), Lisa Dorin (curator), Doug Garofalo (architect), and Lorelei Stewart (Gallery 400 Director).

PRINT COLLATERAL

Postcard: Designing Egos, John’s Luv, What Manner of Person Art Thou?

Poster: Designing Egos, John’s Luv, What Manner of Person Art Thou? – Opening Reception

MEDIA COVERAGE

Blackley, Andrew. “Eun Hyung Kim/Gallery 400.” newcity.com, May 4, 2010.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Eun Hyung Kim Head ShotEun Hyung Kim (born 1977) has participated in numerous shows internationally, including in Chicago, New York, Paris, Helsinki, Cologne, Tokyo, and Seoul. He has had several solo exhibitions at Gaia Gallery in Seoul, South Korea. Born in Seoul, he is now based in Brooklyn, New York. Kim holds MFA degrees from Seoul National University (2006) and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2008). He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2007).

EXHIBITION CHECKLIST

Eun Hyung Kim

Designing Egos, 2010
wall painting, animations, and table installation, 2000 sq. ft.

PRESS RELEASE

Eun Hyung Kim

Designing Egos

Gallery 400
Chicago, Illinois
April 27– June 12, 2010

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 5-8pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, April 29, 2010, 12 pm

In Eun Hyung Kim ’s dense floor-to-ceiling wall drawings, drawing-covered paper objects and animated video, myriad black and white cartoon scenes collide. Simplified figures, often reduced to a head or face, populate allegorical tableaus of tumult, connection, confrontation, and fantasy.

Eun Hyung Kim has participated in numerous shows internationally, including in Chicago, New York, Paris, Helsinki, Cologne, Tokyo, and Seoul. He has had several solo exhibitions at Gaia Gallery in Seoul, South Korea. Born in Seoul, he is now based in New York, NY. Kim holds MFA degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2008) and Seoul National University (2006). He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2007).