Milan

Shin II Kim

Galleria Riccardo Crespi

The various works in “Active Anesthesia,” Shin Il Kim’s first solo exhibition in Italy, concerned the idea of light, which has always been fundamental to the work of this Korean-born, Brooklyn-based artist. One need only think of the technique he often employs: delicately engraving nearly invisible lines into sheets of paper, lines that are perceptible only when the angle of light is just so, then editing these “drawings” into videos, frame by frame (some twenty-five drawings per second). In his earlier “drawing-videos,” such as Door and Water (both 2003), gestures such as opening a door or washing one’s hands are rendered in their most essential state, to the point where the purpose of the action disappears. There is a reduction to essentials and also a movement beyond two-dimensionality; drawing becomes sculptural through movement, achieving an equilibrium that the artist himself compares

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