Los Angeles

Soo Kim

Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

Soo Kim’s They Stop Looking at the Sky, 2006, which was shown recently in the Pasadena Museum of California Art’s project space, is a set of collages made by using a computer to juxtapose found and original photographs and new drawings, printing the results on single sheets of transparent film, then mounting each composition on one of three four-by-five-foot Plexiglas panels. The recurring image is a partial overhead view of a city. The architecture suggests a range of cultures, periods, and technologies; the overall mix makes it difficult to think of it as specific to a single place. Though you wouldn’t know it from looking, the two primary photos Kim worked from are shots of Istanbul, a city that’s already a hodgepodge. Ragged apertures in many of the buildings allow for interior views, though it’s unclear whether this is a trick of the artist’s or the result of a disaster or attack.


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