February 3 – 25th, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3rd 2 – 5 PM
Eunha Kim’s Joy of Life is inspired by Nong-Ak, a traditional Korean music/dance form. Now showcased in formal performances, Nong-Ak originally celebrated rural holidays and the wish for a good harvest.
A highly expressive art form, Nong-Ak combines singing, dancing, and drumming. Dancers wear a traditional hat, known as a Sangmo – as they spin, the Sangmo’s long ribbons form whirling patterns that accompany the dancers’ celebratory, acrobatic motions.
Kim’s work is an attempt to visualize the sound and movement of Nong-Ak, and the joy of life expressed by the dancing farmers’ dynamic, head-spinning motions. Utilizing dripping paint and mixed media, she communicates her own joy in working outside of representative form, and invites her audience to feel the uplift and excitement of the Nong-Ak dancers.
Kim’s process mirrors the energy of motion inherent to Nong-Ak. As she sprinkles and drops paint and ink, highly kinetic lines emerge on the canvas. Her careful use of color creates a harmonic effect, similar to that of the well-coordinated instruments in a Nong-Ak performance.
By reimagining rural tradition, Joy of Life draws a connection from the past to the present. In her own words:
The “joy of life” that I focus is not simply what the farmers had in the past. In our daily lives nowadays, we sometimes suffer from depression, pessimism, heavy burden of life, and feelings of loneliness. Under the circumstances, however, I hope that the aesthetics and the approach I take on my work will offer people in the world comfort, and excitement to live.
Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Eunha Kim is a Toronto-based artist. This is her first exhibition as a Loop member.