January 31 – February 24, 2018
STUDIO GALLERY WASHINGTON DC
2108 R st. NW Washington, D.C 20009
Wed-Fri 1-6Pm, Sat 11am-6pm
Kim & McGrath
In the strongest of her assemblage sculptures, Jean Jinho Kim makes the heavy appear light. The busiest of the smaller pieces in “The Space in Between,” the Korean-born Virginia artist’s show at Studio Gallery, can be haphazard. But the two largest ones are impressively fluid and bright, even though they’re made of such metal objects as a downspout and part of a car. These are twisted and painted yellow, so they seem botanical as much as industrial. The downspout sculpture, the free-standing “Roaming,” both defines and opens up the space in which it stands.
In the abstract paintings of “Helicon,” also at Studio, D.C. artist Kiki McGrath contrasts forms that are hard-edged and geometric with ones that are soft and loose. The works on canvas are colorful, yet less striking than the large wall drawing that offers a similar juxtaposition in black and white. The black square at the piece’s center is flanked by freer gestures on both sides, and the spirals on the left diminish into lines that emulate the shape of a 3-D element: a set of hanging branches. Painted black, the wood resembles a brushstroke in midair, hinting that even the simplest jotting owes its essence to nature.
Jean Jinho Kim: The Space in Between and Kiki McGrath: Helicon Through Feb. 24 at Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. 202-232-8734. studiogallerydc.com.
[Washington Post Link]https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-the-galleries-artist-pieces-together-his-life-story/2018/02/09/dbf602f4-0a97-11e8-95a5-c396801049ef_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.03dac5fb5471
Downspout, funnel, wheel, plastic, auto paint – 71″ x 72″ x 46″
Wooden block, plastic, mesh, balloon, PVC pipe, steel – 23″ x 19″ x 9″
Acrylic, feather, canvas board, wire, foam, wire mesh, tin, rubber tie, plastic canvas – 29″ x 30″ x 8″
Auto parts, cable, wire, mesh, wooden board – 59″ x 52″ x 21″
Acrylic, leather, canvas board, rope, plastic, fabric, tin, duct tape, canvas – 24″ x 23″ x 4″
Metal pipe, PVC, plastic foam, weed whacker – 29″ x 23.5″ x 9″