Sculptures fill the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art, Marysville, as part of the exhibition throughout the month of February. The sculptures were created by Wansoo Kim.
Kim was born and raised in South Korea; he attended Seoul National University of Science and Technology. He participated in the 2015 International Art Workshop in Turkey as one of seven Korean ceramic artists. That same year Kim was accepted to the graduate program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Since arriving in Nebraska, he has continued to push his career, showing regularly in national juried exhibitions in Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Kim alters the way people perceive his work by creating an unrealistic scene. The sculptures are made of recognizable and unidentifiable elements, intended to evoke a realistic and surrealistic environment.
“Through my work, I question the way we believe, the way we perceive, and the notion of awareness and ignorance,” he said.
Kim transforms his idea into physical objects remembering that the object has three-dimensional qualities with revealed and hidden faces. This allows him to bridge his ideas with tangible objects, creating a surrealistic environment as he alters the meaning of the objects. Through his work, relatively hidden surfaces become either extremely revealed or exaggerated.
“I reinterpret the role of an object and space as well as the relationship with viewers,” he said. “I convert the common understanding of the space and objects around us by introducing their reversed appearance with clear visual cues. The work, then, invites viewers to consider that their perception and belief regarding objects and space may be ambiguous and mysterious.”
The exhibition, sponsored by the Marshall County Arts Cooperative, closes Sunday, February 25.
The art center is open Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.; Saturdays from 10-4 p.m.; and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. For more information people may visit marshallcountyarts.org.