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"Sun K. Kwak - Time and Space III: Tidal Wave"
2001-03-19 until 2001-06-03
Queens Museum of Art
Korean born artist Sun K. Kwak has the Queens Museum of Art's
satellite galleries at the Bulova Corporate Center awash in black masking tape as
she installs her latest site-specific work, Time and Space #3: Tidal Wave.
Inspired by the fountain, streams and waterfall that flow through the
building's six-thousand-square-foot concourse, Kwak's ambitious
project spills over the vertical confines of the gallery walls into the adjacent space
– ceiling, columns, and floor – transforming her elaborate line
'drawing' into a sculptural phenomenon. Kwak finds that drawing
with masking tape expresses the feel of a brush stroke in
a way that resembles traditional Asian ink painting.
The artist experienced such a 'new sense of freedom, diversity and
energy' while living and working in New York City that her work evolved
from the confines of two-dimensional canvas painting, into its current
three-dimensional style, with masking tape applied directly to the surfaces of
exhibition spaces. In this way Kwak fuses Western architecture with Eastern art
technique to challenge our habitual perception of familiar surroundings.
Exhibition curator Hitomi Iwasaki likens the fluid formulations of Tidal Wave to
the 'pictorial equivalence of a contemplative experience of the surrounding
environment, negotiating the equilibrium between nature and culture, the physical
and the spiritual.'
installation view at the Rotunda Gallery,