GENEVA – The newest sculpture on the Hobart and William Smith Campus, “East and West,” by Kim Czong-Ho, was recently installed on the hill between Blackwell and Stern halls.
Kim, with the assistance of Owen Oertling ’05, worked several 12-hour days wrestling the sculpture's metal plates into position, welding one to another to bring his vision to reality.
The 10-foot presence of black steel suggests two figures, face to face, reflecting East Asian philosophy, representing the duality of two forces, but with influences from Western culture as well. “This is not like something I would make in Korea,” Kim said.
An artist-in-residence at Hobart and William Smith since January, Kim worked and lived with the art department faculty, participated in classes, gave lectures, and worked one-on-one with students. His visit was initiated by Professor Ted Aub; they met when Aub lectured at Seoul’s Sangmyung University. Kim recently returned to South Korea.
Kim has been recognized for experimenting with “found art” techniques, incorporating discarded materials from construction sites or thrown away by their owners. He says that this method allows him to invoke a “pre-information age,” industrial feel in his work.
He did his graduate work at Hong Ik University in Seoul before pursuing a degree in sculpture at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is a professor of sculpture at Sangmyung University, and has exhibited widely in Korea and in New York and Los Angeles.
His work at the Colleges was funded through the Luce Foundation, which supports the Asian Studies department.