Alumna to Present Artist Talk May 10

Alumna to Present Artist Talk May 10


Ji Eun Kim, an artist and recent SUNY Cortland graduate, will discuss the theme and stylistic changes that took place during her artistic career, on Thursday, May 10, in Beard Building Gallery at 9 Main St. in Cortland.

Kim’s artist’s talk, in conjunction with her “Achieving Oneness” exhibition at the gallery inside Main Street SUNY Cortland, begins at 6:30 p.m.

The exhibition, which opened in April and runs through Thursday, May 17, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Both the talk and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

Ji Kim BFA Birds on Tree 2

Ji Kim's "Birds on Tree 2" is an oil
painting on 
Mylar paper. It is on
display at Beard Gallery

through May 17.

Kim, who graduated in in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), first explored nature and human-made aesthetics when she made her “Layers” series, which combines gestural marks and the ready-made wood sheets and Mylar papers. Her artistic career encompasses 2009 to 2012.

Early on, her fascination with transparency drove her to abandon the traditional canvas and move to glass and Mylar paper as alternative media.

“If “Layers” captures the outer appearance of cities, the “Oneness series illuminates the attempt to understand the inner nature of cities,” said Kim.

In her quest to understand the nature of cities, the artist performed spontaneous and fast-paced walks through a variety of cities with diverse ambiences. This helped her to obtain inspiration for five different motifs: free flowing lines, architectural lines, dots, splattering lines and colored geometry. In her “Urban Drift” series, different visual motifs collide and interact together, forming one new subject.

Kim’s recent works show her continued interest in transparency and grid abstraction. She believes that a grid is paradoxical since it can be both an obstacle and solution for the problem of diversity and unity in arts.

“The sameness of grid construction produces regularity while a slight change in shapes, colors or brushstrokes makes a huge difference to the grid,” said Kim. “Similar to Buddha’s teaching on the path of moderation between the extremes, I have attempted to find a middle path in visual problems.”

For more information, contact Martine Barnaby, associate professor of new media design in the Art and Art History Department, at (607) 753-4390.