Obscure Surroundings: I Always Welcome You
April 19 - May 25
PLUG Projects presents Obscure Surroundings: I Always Welcome You, a solo exhibition featuring new work by Kansas-City-based artist, Wansoo Kim.
Kim’s installation features a selection of monochromatic ceramic pieces situated within a space constructed in the center of the gallery—a room within a room. Delineated with colored mesh screening, this subtle barrier at times obscures the scene—leaving the viewer outside—and at others allows for a moment of intimacy. Through an assemblage of recognizable and unidentifiable elements, Kim evokes an environment where realism and surrealism coexist.
From the artist:
In my eyes, the world is composed of both revealed things and hidden things. I interpret my surroundings based on this idea, seeking to realize my ignorance and awareness. With this in mind, I create objects in which dichotomous ideas are present, and use their physically revealed and hidden aspects in order to represent the greater human struggle to see and understand what is hidden from us.
Wansoo Kim was born and raised in South Korea where he received his BFA in ceramics from Seoul National University of Science and Technology. During his experience in South Korea, he received multiple awards from both the school and from outside juried shows. He participated in the 2015 International Art Workshop in Turkey as one of seven Korean ceramics artists. Wansoo has continued to push his career forward, showing regularly in national juried exhibitions held in Nebraska, Philadelphia, Michigan, Texas, Kansas and North Dakota. He is the recipient of 2017 NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Graduate Student Fellowship and Trickey Memorial Fellowship in Studio Art at University of Nebraska – Lincoln. In 2018, He was featured as an emerging artist in the April issue of Monthly Ceramic Art magazine in South Korea. Most recently, he joined Red Star Residency program at Belger Crane Yard Studios as a long-term resident artist.