Studio GAAK and ForGround are pleased to present an exhibition of works by Yongjae Kim. Kim is a Brooklyn-based painter, who focuses to on capturing the loneliness and isolation often found in urban environments. This exhibition includes nine of Kim’s hyperrealistic paintings, done in both small and large scales. The exhibition will be on view January 8th through March 31st, 2018, at 8 East 41st Street in New York City.
Kim’s paintings represent a man-made environment devoid of human presence, such as an empty street, the corner of a building, and a vacant room. His works depict a strange silence, in contrast to what one would expect in an urban environment. According to Kim, his paintings explore the desolation and melancholy felt by residents due to the ever-changing urban environment. The artist believes these rapid changes emphasize a temporal reality in which he feels nostalgia for what was and is captured in this ever-changing temporal reality. His paintings do not merely depict empty streets or corners, but document a slice of time in an ever-changing existence. Kim’s hyper-realistic paintings of empty urban scenes, devoid of people, yet which still speak to the experiences and emotions of urban residents, examine his feelings of being merely a temporary resident in the city.
Yongjae Kim was born in 1985 in South Korea. He studied Painting at Seoul National University, and received M.F.A. at Pratt Institute after moving to the United States. Recently, Kim’s works were exhibited at Volta NY 2017.