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"Sun K. Kwak - Time and Space III: Tidal Wave"
2001-03-19 until 2001-06-03
Queens Museum of Art
Queens, NY, USA

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.'

IMAGE:
installation view at the Rotunda Gallery,
Brooklyn, 2000


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