Shinduk Kang: Open Air
Galerie Pici Seoul
Shinduk Kang (b.1952, Seoul, South Korea) explores the expressive qualities of abstract shapes and figures across a broad practice that encompasses works on paper, prints, sculptures, video, and fabric installations. Kang typically works in series with continuity throughout her works, which reflect a festive and celebratory mood that embodies her universal desire to emphasize affirmative living. She aids viewers to gain a new perspective by personalizing their experience.
As evidenced in her lenticular works, offers a change in visual perspective which generates a shift in groups of colors, producing a kaleidoscopic effect. Kang continues to push traditional still-life painting into the domain of abstraction and design.
Shinduk Kang’s sculptures reflect her liberation of color using familiar shapes but contrast them with unexpected lacquered colors. The blue zeppelin-shaped sculpture feels as if it’s buoyant. Open Air – B (2020), made of aluminum, denies a direct reflection of the viewer on its surface. It uses light to absorb the surface but shows shadows through heavily grooved curvy surfaces. At the same time, the silver stainless steel sculpture, Open Air – Richness (2020), enhances the viewer’s reflection through its mirror-like quality. The idea that these objects are taken from outside in from open field allows the direction of the light to be led by the channels marking the entirety of each sculpture.