Minhee Kim and Taeho Kim: Fragmentality, at Arthill Gallery

Notice of a brief exhibition by two students at the Royal College of Art: Taeho Kim, who is studying visual communication, and Minhee Kim – textile design:

Fragmentality

Taeho Kim | Minhee Kim
12-14 April 2018
Arthill Gallery | Lourdes Apartments | North End Road | London W14 9NU | www.arthillgallery.com

Fragmentality is a compound word that describes ‘fragment’ that refers to small pieces formed by the destruction of a large whole and ‘mentality’ that refers to the mind of an individual or group.

Fragmentality Poster

Taeho Kim

My work begins with fragments of small paper and deals with the time and space created in the process of forming a gigantic gesture. As fragments are clustered to form a shape, the minute parts of paper are gathered in the process of creating the distance, which generates movements in the screen. Movement involves time and space and produces sound. It is not merely a three-dimensional space nor the sound either.

The fragments on the paper reveal the distance, structure and spirit. If there is something in common between fragmentation and spirit, it is a part of something that starts from the whole. Can the whole be the sum of the parts? Form psychologists have long ago asked such a question to mankind. The whole is made up of parts, but the parts are more than the whole and rearranged. Eventually, the parts expand and fill the whole by propagating. The fragments on the paper reveal the distance, structure, and spirit. If there is something in common between fragmentation and spirit, it is a part of something that starts from the whole. Can the whole be the sum of the parts? Form psychologists have long ago asked such questions to mankind. The whole is made up of parts, but the parts are more than the whole and are rearranged. Eventually, the part expands and fills the whole by growing.

Minhee Kim

Minhee Kim explores visual language through numerous materials and methods to express subtle emotions, narratives and memories that cannot be easily verbalised. Her recent projects show an attempt to portray the emotional fragility of the lives of ‘Comfort Women’, who were sex slaves during the Second World War. In particular, Minhee has been trying to comprehend the lives and suffering memories, trauma of the victims. Along with her practice, Minhee has widened her perspective from the specific issue of Comfort Woman towards the fragility that all humans experience in their lives.

Even though her methods and materials, such as paper, pencil, monofilament, and hair, seem quite simple and ordinary compared with new media artworks, Minhee believes the power of ‘making’, necessitating time and labour, encourages people to face the narrative of the work. Minhee’s working process, which involves sewing on paper and tissues and constructing garme nts with the finest monofilaments, could be considered too unstable; however, the fragility she pursues might be the only way to convey and confront the vulnerabilities she explores.

(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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