BRIC | 647 Fulton Street
Curated by Jenny Gerow, Assistant Curator
Artist Kyoung eun Kang creates work in video and performance that captures the beauty of human encounters and question the bonds that form attachment. For this three-channel installation Kang observed the rituals of Jim and Andree Smith, a 90-year-old couple living in Omaha, Nebraska. Taken over several months while she was a resident at the Bemis Art Center, she uses her camera as research to capture the dynamics of cultural translation, embracing actions that resonate in the human experience such as walking, breathing, eating and gathering.
What begins as a study of Jim and Andree’s 67-year partnership develops into an intimate personal relationship between the artist and couple. For Kang, the most fascinating part of her time spent in Nebraska came when “I was the observer and somehow it became I who was observed.”
Born in South Korea, Kyoung eun Kang lives and works in New York. She received a BFA and MFA in Fine Arts from Hong-ik University in Seoul, South Korea and from Parsons The New School for Design, New York. She has had solo exhibitions at Here Arts Center, NY; PRIMETIME, Brooklyn, NY; and at the Contemporary Museum of Hong-ik University, Seoul, South Korea. Her group exhibitions include those at the Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY; Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Australia; and the Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea. She has received awards and fellowships from BRIC, the NARS Foundation, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Project Room exhibitions highlight solo projects by emerging artists whose work encompasses a rich range of themes and media.