Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
2 - 12 June 2011
Reviewed by: Alice Gale-Feeny
Transformation of the unethical gestation
HYO JUNG KIM
I can’t sense the walls; get a steady footing; see a floor.
Canal boats. Shipping liners.
Reflections seem to ripple.
A dim lighting assumes night clubs, techno, drugs. Swanky jewellery shop displays. A jewellery shop at night even.
It takes me a moment or two.
I can’t tell you how long, to identify patterns in shafts of light; patterns in chunks of acrylic.
To walk round, to look straight on, shifts the patterns; I see them. I see them through the outer coating of glassy frosting. Liquid wets half of each acrylic block: half-dunked, demi-refraction.
They sit in lit cracks, in an otherwise dangerously blackened space; inside the black cube.
Aesthetics combine the decorative with the hallucinatory; artificiality with seascape: UV light behind quiet markings; the skin of seahorses.
I can’t solidify my presence, the dimensions of the space, the uncategorised objects floating. I cant’ settle in the liquid.
But such concern for materials; seductive tactility, and yet the space still seems to be of nearly nothing.
The rigour, the pursuit, the quiet, glossy finish; these perfect rectangles.
A display of materials; the end of a light show over water; I’m left seasick.
Currently studying Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University, my practice combines naturalistic performance with an architecturally driven sculpture practice. Ongoing collaborations with Medium Rare, a performance art collective, have included performances as part of Hatch over the last two years.
Nottingham Trent University
Burton Street Nottingham
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