san-francisco

Ernie Kim, Sung Woo Kim, John Richards, and John Battenberg

Richmond Art Center

Ceramic bowls and boxes, Mandala paintings, diagrammatic painting and bronze allegorical sculptures that reflect influences from medieval Asia and the Age of Flight.

Kim was head of the ceramics department at the San Francisco Art Institute before joining the faculty of the Richmond Art Center. He has long been involved in teaching, and because of the constant discipline enforced upon an instructor he has run the calculated risk of becoming academic. He has pretty well skirted this hazard because of an inordinate sensitivity to the uses and abuses of color and by means of subtle manipulation of surfaces. Kim acknowledges the 20th century need of visual stimulation, but in acceding to it does not sacrifice his own integrity by resorting to technical gymnastics. His is a quietly beautiful display, where footed boxes that have nostalgic or humorous appeal and a few slab plates of inventive

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