With the solo exhibition Meme Paintings, SomoS presents Jiyeon Kim’s new group of paintings, conceived in Berlin early 2020 during her Berlin artist residency, offering a comprehensive look at the unique creative
With the solo exhibition Meme Paintings, SomoS presents Jiyeon Kim’s new group of paintings, conceived in Berlin early 2020 during her Berlin artist residency, offering a comprehensive look at the unique creative vision of this prolific young South-Korean artist that consistently bridges real and online life in exciting ways.
In her work, Jiyeon Kim consistently explores ways of representing the individual in our digital era. Most of her work uses acrylic paint, and combines elements of abstraction with figuration. Deeply invested in reinterpreting the art of portraiture in a contemporary way, she focuses on the ways in which our attitudes toward depictions of the human face and figure have changed with the rise of the internet and digital technology.
Her latest workgroup, the Meme Paintings, comprises 11 paintings, ranging from 20 x 30cm in size to 165 x 125 cm, all using mixed media on canvas. In the series, started in 2020, Jiyeon Kim’s work evolves from “selfie” to “story,” from private to public figures, from using candid imagery to overly familiar ones, as she moves beyond her earlier relatively straight frontal portraiture to visualize new and more complex ideas about the ways in which we interact with the internet, and the fleeting narratives it creates within our own minds.
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June 9 (Tuesday) 2:00 pm - July 18 (Saturday) 7:00 pm