MARY KIM : GGOT BYEOL : LOVE OF TWO STARS
August 26 - September 20, 2019
Events + Programs (events are free and open to the public)
Sunday, September 8
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Joint reception with Attribute: Edwards + Portner + Soliven
MFA degree candidate Mary Kim's exhibition Ggot Byeol: Love of Two Stars explores the relationship between elements of nature and the complexity of human emotions. It draws its inspiration from The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl (牛郎織女), a Chinese folktale dating back more than 2600 years. The forlorn lovers of this bittersweet story are only permitted to meet once a year. Their tears of joy when they meet, and those of sadness when they part, are the source of rain in the human world.
Kim's formal strategies are contemporary interpretations of Korea painting traditions. She employs the concept 'the beauty of negative space' to determine her compositions. Her color strategies combines Hans Hoffman's "push-and-pull" effect with Oh Bang Saeg, Korea’s main five traditional colors (black, yellow, white, navy and red), Oh Gan Saeg, secondary traditional colors (sage green, light blue, yellow ocher, maroon and persimmon orange), and the pastel tone of sunset and sunrise colors of Hawai‘i.
Mary Kim is a MFA candidate at University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She has lived in the United States and South Korea. She considers herself a poetic abstractionist who employs colors to unite her cultural experiences.
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Art + Art History and College of Arts + Humanities; Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i and by the National Endowment for the Arts; Halekulani Hotel – Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa; and anonymous donors.
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