Large-scale rendering of visiting professor’s art later may be built on campus
(April 12, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.—An exhibition of sculptures by Korean sculptor and Visiting Professor of Art Kim Czong Ho will open Friday, April 15, at HWS. The pieces being shown are mostly bronze castings, but also include works in ceramic and plaster. The small-scale pieces are considered models for a larger work that may be built on a campus site later this spring. The sculpture has been created while Kim has been in working in residence since January.
The exhibit will be in the Houghton House South Gallery, on King's Lane on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. A reception will be held in the gallery from 7-9 p.m., on opening night. Kim will also present a slide lecture on his work at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in Houghton House Room 212. All are free and open to the public.
Korean sculptor Kim Czong-Ho expresses his fundamental concerns in both abstract and figurative sculpture, and finds a metaphorical resonance in each style of art making. He is widely acknowledged to be the first artist in Korea to incorporate found objects in his sculptures of the 1980s, using casting methods to transform broken vessels and discarded instruments into unified metal structures of steel, bronze, and aluminum. By composing his sculptures with scrap-metal fragments that are leftover from either construction or demolition, Kim invokes pre-information age technologies from an era that saw the first skyscrapers, transcontinental highways, suspension bridges and jet airplanes.
Kim is a citizen of South Korea, where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Hong Ik University in Seoul. Further studies brought him to the U.S. for an advanced degree in sculpture from the State University of New York College at New Paltz. Currently, he is a professor of art at Sangmyung University, in Seoul, where he heads the sculpture division. He has exhibited widely in Korea as well as in galleries in New York and Los Angeles, Calif.
The show at the Colleges will run through Wednesday, April 27.
A high resolution image of Kim's art is available at http://campus.hws.edu/new/releases/hiRes/kimczongho_art_hres.jpg.