This was Kyungah Ham’s first one-person show outside South Koreayet to call it a solo venture felt odd, not just because some of the exhibited pieces were the work of many hands, but also because Ham herself seemingly operates as two artists simultaneously. The first is a producer of strikingly lush, colorful, and imposing “paintings” made not with paint but with embroidery on canvas. The works of this artist are lavishly sensual, often very pleasurable to look at, possibly a little too slickly produced, and occasionallyas in a series that imitates Morris Louis’s 1960–61 “Unfurled” paintings (their unprimed centers flanked by more or less symmetrical pairs of sequences of more or less diagonal pours of color) but with excess thread hanging down from the canvas to the floor, embodying a kind of dry pouringtoo clever for their own good. But Ham’s explanation for
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