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Ilhwa Kim: Seed System, at HOFA Gallery

Late notice of an exhibition by a Korean artist working with hanji:

Ilhwa Kim: Seed System

22 September – 6 October 2019
The House of Fine Art – HOFA Gallery | Unit 30 | Royal Opera Arcade | 5b Pall Mall | London SW1Y 4UY |

Ilhwa Kim: Space Sample 19
Ilhwa Kim: Space Sample 19 (2019). Hand-dyed hanji paper,
152 x 184 x 15 cm (image courtesy the gallery and artist)

Contemporary Korean artist Ilhwa Kim will be returning to HOFA with her highly anticipated ‘Seed System’ solo exhibition during Frieze London. It will be her third solo exhibition in London after ‘Sensory Portraits’ in 2018. Ilhwa Kim lives and works in South Korea and is known for monumental works of art composed of intricate hand-painted Hanji paper constellations, which exist between the realms of sculpture and painting.

‘Seed System’ will premiere a new collection of works that mark a shift in focus from macro to micro seed universes. Her abstract artworks are vast landscapes composed of thousands of Hanji paper seeds whose inherent dynamism create shifting textures, dimensions and colours when viewed from different angles and distances, or under different lighting. Ilhwa Kim’s art has the amazing ability to surprise the senses, appearing to evolve from morning to night as the small seed universes, individually formed from hand-painted Hanji paper, engage in constant dialogue with each other. They immerse the viewer in a colourful world of textural abundance that intrigue and delight the senses through their organic multiplicity and mutability.

Ilhwa Kim, who considers herself a sculptor of the senses, wants her upcoming solo show to be “a direct comment on how our senses get organized,” becoming evolving systems, “…when we see a thing or a location together.”


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