Cindy Ji Hye Kim

'Silhouettes in Lune'

Cindy Ji Hye Kim presents Silhouettes in Lune, a site-responsive installation of paintings, sculptures, and a hand-drawn mural that spans the upper portion of the gallery. The exhibition reflects the artist’s preoccupation with the psychological space of the unconscious, its secrets and symbols, and its narrative potential within the anatomy of an image.

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Cindy Ji Hye Kim, "Principles of Closure," 2023, graphite and charcoal on silk with shaped birch stretcher bars, 68 x 52 in. Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. © Cindy Ji Hye Kim. Photo by Jason Wyche.

Kim’s spectral paintings are created on translucent silk, revealing the silhouettes of their intricately shaped stretchers on the opposite side. These paintings are suspended from the ceiling alongside carved wooden archways, creating paths to be navigated by viewers, while simultaneously presenting enigmatic images that slip between tangible and obscure. Executed predominately in softly rendered shades of gray with subtle touches of color, they depict human figures in relation to support systems like scaffolding and artist’s easels — structures that function similarly to stretcher bars: skeletal, ghostlike, and often overlooked yet integral to the act of creation. 

Above her floating works, Kim adorns a frieze at the top of the gallery walls. Only viewable from afar, the frieze depicts a procession of swirling clocks and numbers, as well as the artist’s signature characters in a reimagination of a phenakistoscope, an animation device from the early 19th century. The mural is further adorned with images of Kokdu, a carved funerary figure that is placed on biers to guide the dead to the afterlife in Korean tradition. Presented on a continuous horizontal strip, the imagery collapses notions of time, depicting both the physical world and spaces beyond.

About the artist

Cindy Ji Hye Kim (b. 1990, Incheon, Korea; lives and works in New York) received her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 and her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Art in 2016. She has presented recent solo exhibitions at Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway; Casey Kaplan, New York; François Ghebaly, Los Angeles; and MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge. Kim’s work has been featured in Artforum, Art in America, ArtAsiaPacific, BOMB Magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, Cultured Magazine, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Her work is held in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Collection Majudia, Montreal; Sifang Art Museum, China; and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence.

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Silhouettes in Lune is organized by SCAD Museum of Art curator Ben Tollefson and presented as part of SCAD deFINE ART 2024.

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