Soo Kim

Born 1969
Hometown South Korea
Lives and Works Los Angeles, CA
MFA, California Institute of the Arts - School of Art, Critical Writing, Film and Video, Valencia, CA, 1995
BA, Studio Art, University of California, Riverside, 1991

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

The California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside, CA

University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

University of California, Irvine, CA

Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Soo Kim's artistic practice blends the making of photographs with the critical interpretation of images on a broader level. Her work has employed the techniques of cutting and layering prints, introducing areas of absence or disruption to address the issues of photographic transparency and the immediate consumption of images. Kim believes that the lengthy process required to create her photographs infuses them with a "slowness" that finds its counterpart in the amount of time it takes the viewer to read them. In The Corners of the Sea (2010), for instance, the artist combines photographic portraits and landscapes to consider different degrees of stillness and action that can occupy an image. Four images of the natural world record the slowness of nature, while the cuts in each photograph register a different speed. A diptych of a mountain is inscribed with a stylized forest in which the parts of the photograph where the sunlight hits the leaves and landscape have been cut out.

Soo Kim’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, at venues including The Getty Center in Los Angeles, Weatherspoon Art Museum at University of North Carolina in Greensboro, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles, Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University in Orange, Wallspace in New York, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, and The National Center for the Arts (CENAR) in San Salvador, among others.

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