Eemyun Kang "Dozing River"

Tina Kim Gallery

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In Kang's paintings, the inherent instability of the subject is a constant concern. Central to her work is the Deleuzian question of 'becoming' – the point at which an idea, creative process or painting crystallizes and takes on a new form. This state of perpetual evolution – or metamorphosis - is a second vital focus in Kang's work. Her paintings capture this dynamic process using subjects such as eating, sleeping, splitting and doubling and most of the artist's themes center on these everyday organic processes. Shifting between abstract and figurative registers, the artist's vocabulary includes a dizzying range of biomorphic forms including mushrooms and plants as well as animals. These denizens of the forest are never quite what they seem however, with fungi blown up to the size of poisonous clouds, and piles of skulls resembling extravagant bouquets of dead flowers.

Kang uses her paintings to link two separate activities through a shared event. The artist's fascination with hybridity stems, in part, from her own dislocation. Born and raised in Korea, she has made her home in the vastly different cultural milieu of London for the better part of the last decade. Adjustment has become a cornerstone of her reality, a state of mind that has led to her rejection of the Aristotelian concept that change is illusory. Instead, the artist has adopted a more radical process-based philosophy in her work. Kang's paintings push beyond geographical boundaries and contend with more global notions of dual-process – for example, eating as a means of swallowing as well as digestion.



from February 26, 2010 to April 10, 2010


Eemyun Kang

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