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Kim Beom

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Kim Beom is a South Korean multi-disciplinary artist whose visual language is characterised by deadpan humour and absurdist propositions that playfully and subversively invert expectations.  Through an expansive practice that spans drawing, sculpture, video, and artist books, Kim contemplates a world in which perception is radically questioned. His explorations at STPI have led him to develop a series of lithographs; cyanotype and Vandyke prints of architectural drawings and found video footage; collaged tiles with stenciled figurative imagery; as well as paper pulp sculptures. Their unambiguous appearances belie the playful twists-and-turns that point to his preoccupation with the instability of representation, questioning the reality and fiction of the “image” through humour.

His works have been shown in institutions including the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Hayward Gallery, London; REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles; the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; Artsonje Centre, Seoul; Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Houston. Biennials include Gwangju Biennale (1997 and 2012), Taipei Biennial (1998), Istanbul Biennial (2003), Venice Biennale (2005), Media City Seoul (2010), and Sharjah Biennial (2015).

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