This February the Spencer is pleased to invite Seoul-based artist Kim Jongku to create a site-specific video installation, Mobile Landscape, in the Electronic Media Gallery as part of a two-week residency funded by the William T. Kemper Foundation.
Working with black, steel powder—the result of an industrial grinding process—Kim “writes” poetic inscriptions on the floor of a pristine, white environment, much like a Tibetan sand painting. Then, using closed circuit cameras positioned on the floor among the peaks and valleys of the calligraphic installation, Kim broadcasts constructed vistas that in appearance evoke traditional Korean ink-and-brush painting. However, the live feed not only inverts the typical scale of a landscape painting—a shoe now dwarfs a mountain—it also distorts the space by broadcasting the gallery scene in remote locations. Currently, we are planning to broadcast the Mobile Landscape in a wide variety of both campus and off-campus locations.
Kim Jongku was born 1963 in Choong Nam, South Korea. He graduated with a B.F.A. and from Seoul National University in 1993 and an M.F.A from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 1996. Kim has exhibited widely in Europe and Asia, including the Gwangju Biennale (2006), Re-Imagining Asia, Berlin (2007), and solo exhibitions at One and J. Gallery, Seoul, Korea. Kim currently teaches in the Department of Sculpture at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul.