Songyi M. Kim
Portraying Korean pop stars as contemporary Vanitas, my recent mixed media paintings deal with fleeting beauty. I reference the glamorous visual elements from stage outfits, suave choreographic gestures, and playful and repetitive lyrics of the songs of these boy groups who are greatly idolized in Korea. Obscured and cropped images of faceless figures, which are juxtaposed with extravagant foil and holographic surfaces crafted on Plexiglass, evoke a seductive and unsettling atmosphere. These ironic images celebrate the worship of beauty and youth while revealing its ephemerality, fragility, and elusive nature.
Kim's mixed media paintings and drawings have been featured in numerous exhibitions, including AIM 24 at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Dorsky Gallery and White Box in New York. Her residencies include those at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the McColl Center and the Henry Street Settlement among others. Her work, shown across the globe, may also be found in the Deutsche Bank Art Collection. The artist was born in Seoul, Korea and currently lives and works in New York. She studied at Seoul National University and received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.