The Family Business of Human Element Removal: Hyeon Jung Kim – June & July 2014

Hyeon Jung Kim’s work and process reflect the labor-intensive practices of her parents’ family run dry cleaning business. Her installation utilizes accumulations of dry cleaning materials that have embedded histories, evidence of labor, and use of systematic processes. She writes, “This dual focus on material and process is a way for me to embed something intangible, like the energy of labor or personal memory, into an art object.”

A dozen white, heavily starched shirts, nested one inside the other like a set of Russian nesting dolls is a beautiful object able to evoke the white on white on white poetry of high Modernity as well as reflect on it’s failed aesthetic, religious, and economic fundamentalisms.

Hyeon Jung Kim was born in Seoul, Korea. She graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA), and attended Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has exhibited nationally and is the recipient of numerous awards and residency fellowships.