Kim So Hyoung

People (20-3), 2017
Acrylic on Canvas, 72.5 x 53 cm

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About the artwork

Kim's colourful, impastoed figures populate his monochrome canvas in this series, in varying sizes and degree of detail to form an orderly line down the vertical length of his work. The unique synergy present in each one of his works is prominent here, as we see the figures coming together in a streamlined pattern to create movement and liveliness against the otherwise plain background. Here, Kim's work is a testament to the harmony and simplicity in our human existence that should not go unappreciated



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Artist Statement
People of different races have lived in this vast and immense universe on the small piece of dust called Earth. Since the beginning of time, they have fought each other to expand their territories and preserve their own kind. Humans will be continuously struggling to survive, taking care of their families, and wishing for happiness as they have always been. These humans, in other words, “people in this world,” are a major theme in my works.

People in urban areas today repeatedly bump into and compete against each other. When you look at the way in which they move, you will see they behave in a regular, repetitive manner as if they were a part of a machine. Individuals form a group, and groups form a crowd. Seen from a distance, they look like a living organism made of one huge mass.

The crowd may seem vibrant and colorful to the eye; however, on the other side of the coin, there are small, vulnerable people drowning in anxiety and solitude and feeling swept by the benefits of civilization. Individuals in such a colorful crowd! Lonely humans are no longer visible in the crowd when seen from a distance, which suggests the word “crowd” itself embodies the loss of individuality. My works explore how people face their lonely fate in modern times by focusing on the relationship between individuals and the crowd.

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