Kimsooja
A Wind Woman

November 9, 2006 – January 13, 2007
at Peter Blum Chelsea

Peter Blum is pleased to announce the exhibition Kimsooja: A Wind Woman, 2003-2006, opening on November 9th at Peter Blum Chelsea, 526 West 29th Street, New York. This is Kimsooja’s second solo exhibition with Peter Blum.

Kimsooja: A Wind Woman comprises a series of unique iris prints derived from large-scale film stills from her video A Wind Woman, 2003. The video was shot during a hillside drive in Honolulu, Hawaii. Here, she opened the camera shutter for an extended period of time, enhancing the light exposure and allowing the exterior world to flood into the pictorial field. In this body of work Kimsooja was interested particularly in the in-between space where the trees and the sky meet. This enabled her to transform realistic imagery into abstract paintings, and to continue her personal investigation into the blurring of categorical boundaries.

Kimsooja’s attention to interstitial spaces can be traced to the start of her artistic career. In the early 1980’s, her questioning of the canvas’ surface initiated her ‘sewing’ practice in which she aimed to connect two pieces of fabric as a way to generate relationships between disparate parts. She further developed this approach in other projects, such as Cities on the Move, 1997—a literal patchwork of her memories. In A Needle Woman, 1999-2001 and 2005, Kimsooja continues this line of inquiry by examining various borders/boundaries —actual and theoretical— of cultures, races, and religions.

Kimsooja was born in Taegu, Korea in 1957. She studied in the Graduate Painting Department of Hong-IK University in Seoul and at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Her numerous solo-exhibition include Kimsooja at Magasin 3, Stockholm, 2006, Kimsooja: Conditions of Humanity, 2003-2004 at Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, and PAC Milan, A Laundry Woman, 2002 at Kunsthalle Wien and A Needle Woman, 2001, P.S.1/MoMA, New York. In addition, she realized several site-specific projects, most recently, To Breathe: A mirror woman, 2006, at the Crystal Palace, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid and To Breathe / Respirare, at La Fenice Theater, in conjunction with a joint solo exhibition at Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice.