Kibong Rhee "There is No Place"

Tina Kim Gallery

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Featuring paintings from his newest body of work, this exhibition will also include a major environmental installation by the artist. Kibong Rhee’s work consistently challenges the eye, encouraging the viewer to look intently at his exquisitely rendered landscapes. Primarily interested in the delicate balance between temporal fleeting moments and the eternal, Rhee’s poetic tableaux evoke a rare balance of sensuality and meditative distance.

In his widely celebrated paintings the artist uses a complex layering technique to create incredible depth and movement. This optical dynamism married with the natural scenes that constitute an essential part of the artist’s oeuvre, create sublime pictures that are constantly changing. The artist has observed that everything is in a state of constant evolution and disappearance — a phenomenon he has likened to water flowing. Rhee recognizes time (like a river) does not exist solely along a linear plane - following a pattern or prescribed history — but instead is both constant and in perennial flux. Rhee’s unique painting technique, along with the highly specific landscapes he chooses to paint after careful study and research, frame this cycle and the meanings and mechanics that derive from this process. The artist believes that disappearance is a physical process of nature that simultaneously arouses a sense of beauty, attraction, reflection and fantasy. In this way physical experiences expand to become both spiritual and transcendent.

Water is an essential element in Rhee’s work, and he uses mist and the fantasy of watery depths in its many forms. According to Rhee, it is a medium that resides between the physical and the spiritual, compelling the viewer to contemplate the phenomenology of the human body.



from May 13, 2011 to June 17, 2011

Opening Reception on 2011-05-13 from 18:00 to 20:00


Kibong Rhee

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