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Re: Kim Sookang

Hi Clay,

I agree that her work, what little I got to see of it, is just so exquisite, and also just has this wonderful quiet, contemplative sort of beauty, or quality, to it-- hard to describe. She has an exhibit coming up in Philadelphia, next month. Although the work wasn't yet on the walls, I did get a chance to see some of it she'd sent, unframed, which the gallery owner was generous enough to show us. I was so impressed, I'm thinking of going back up there while the show is up, so I can see all of it.

As an aside, I'm glad to hear she's a nice person, too. ;) I always hesitate meeting artists whose work I love, or "meeting" them in the context of hearing them give a presentation, or talk. That's also true for authors whose writing/books I love. Sometimes, they are just as you might expect, or exceed expectations. Other times, they're such a major disappointment(!)-- to me, anyway-- that I often wish I'd never met them-- sometimes forever ruining my appreciation of their art (whatever their art is). So, I'm glad to hear that. :)


On Oct 28, 2008, at 6:04 PM, Clay Harmon wrote:

I had the pleasure of chatting with Sookang during Fotofest this year, and was able to look at a lot of her work. It is wonderful stuff. Sublime is one word that comes to mind. Very beautiful, understated and elegant. Plus she seems to be a really nice person. It is worth making some effort to see her work first hand.

On Oct 28, 2008, at 12:39 PM, Diana Bloomfield wrote:

Thanks for that description, Loris. I hadn't seen that. Isn't her work incredible? It takes your breath away.


On Oct 28, 2008, at 10:32 AM, Loris Medici wrote:


"...Sookang’s creative process involves laying multiple coats of
pigment onto photographic paper using a single monochrome negative. The
artist then carefully brushes the color, thinning it out in certain places
and removing it completely from others, thus creating fine texture and
accentuating shades. The accumulation of translucent layers gives
“body” to each print; with each subsequent layer the images
come into being. Each exposure mediates, as it were, an additional trace
of the subject..."

Whoa!? Incredible work, moreso when thinking how it's done! Thanks for
mentioning Diana.