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Fe-O
Denver, Colorado & Seoul, Korea:: Studio SML/k,, 2011.. Edition of 10. 10 x 10 x 10" hinged box containing book, scroll, vials, rock, and flag. Book: 9 x 7.5 x 1.5"; 28 pages. Scroll: 3.75 x 10.8". Materials: binders board, steel powder, archival pigment prints, silk, magnets, acrylic panels, one capped vial containing unoxidized iron filing, and one plexi-tube containing iron oxide/rust scraped off of Kim's studio floor by Sammy Lee. Archival pigment printing, design, binding, and construction by Sammy Seung-Min Lee. Original paintings on the top surface and an interior wall by Jongku Kim. Fe-O offers a multi-dimensional look at a dramatic contemporary Korean artist, Jongku Kim. It presents a variety of elements that provide a sampling of Kim's artistic process, output, and spirit. We get original work (paintings on the case's top surface and interior wall), his materials (iron filings and iron oxide in the vials), two samples of his projects (the 10' scroll contains an image of one of Kim's installation printed on silk with pigment-based ink while the rock is a "Poem Ball," made by gluing together iron fillings gathered from the floor by Kim after one of his calligraphic installations), a documentary of the artist at work (in the book), and a symbol of his spirit (the flag is Kim's point of surrender, a symbol of allowing himself distance from his artworks). Studio SML/k: "Fe-O is a book created in collaboration with artist, Jongku Kim. Based in Seoul, Kim is internationally known for his paintings, installations, and performances centered on reducing solid iron into filings. "Kim Jongku was born 1963 in Choong Nam, South Korea. He graduated with a B.F.A. from Seoul National University in 1993 and an M.F.A. from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 1996. Kim works with sculpture, video, painting and photography. He uses steel powder created by grinding of steel rods, to write calligraphy on the floor. This calligraphy is captured from a horizontal viewpoint by a CC camera affixed to the floor. The image of this horizontal view is projected onto the wall resulting in an image of infinite landscape. His works attempt to bring the vertical systems of our modern and materialistic culture back to a horizontal stasis. He currently lives and works in Seoul, South Korea." "While milling a 650-pound steel rod to a delicate black powder may appear to be an act of dematerialization, the elements oxygen and iron are in fact actively bonding, producing iron oxide. Named after the scientific abbreviation of this compound, Fe-O embodies this intangible chemical reaction incurred during the filing process. "Kim's meditative method of artistic production is also often compared to the grinding of ink stone for traditional Eastern calligraphy. Drawing its structure from this arduous yet spiritual process, Fe-O is akin to Kim?'s 'grinding room': the book is a space where artist duels, surrenders, and finally creates. Sammy Lee: "As the viewer opens and turns pages of the 'platform book,' one experiences the layers of the creative process. Viewers negotiate and participate by interacting with the interior elements." There are many levels to this project. It begs to be handled - the pages to be turned, the rock to be hefted, the flag to be waved, and the scroll to be unrolled. Two artists at work here, Jongku Kim and Sammy SeungMin Lee.
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