GJ Kimsunken: Works on Paper

28 July - 10 September 2022
  • Delighted to present an online viewing room of new works on paper by GJ Kimsunken. The artist’s oil on canvas paintings are currently on view in the gallery space. 
  • GJ Kimsunken, Untitled, 2022

    GJ Kimsunken

    Untitled, 2022 Watercolor on paper
    21 1/2 x 14 1/2 in
    54 x 37 cm
  • "I often respond to the transparency of watercolor. It is a very spatial medium with a quality of absence.
    All I do is scrape some parts away, trying to make the work less absent."

    – GJ Kimsunken

  • GJ Kimsunken, Untitled, 2022

    GJ Kimsunken

    Untitled, 2022 Watercolor on paper
    21 x 14 1/2 in
    53 x 37 cm
  • GJ Kimsunken, Untitled, 2022

    GJ Kimsunken

    Untitled, 2022 Watercolor on paper
    21 x 14 in
    53 x 35 cm
  • In his work, Kimsunken asks questions about human existence: who are we, why are we and what are we for? Kimsunken’s non-descriptive figure paintings occupy a singular space between representation and abstraction. For this exhibition, the artist reflects on new modes of representing and abstracting the human figure. Absence and presence are equally important in the new group of works – absence makes presence possible and presence exists through absence. The two states of being are inseparable.

    Kimsunken’s repetitive and rigorous painting process emphasizes the physical properties of oil paint, with the resultant works deeply rooted in the history of the medium. He methodically primes the canvas with gesso, which he then covers in multiple layers of oil paint, giving the surfaces an otherworldly luminescence, as well as substantial weight. Despite his compositions’ reductive, abstract appearance – achieved by scraping away paint from the canvas – Kimsunken’s paintings represent the human figure. To the artist, this method is the most direct way of mark-making and is related to the core theme of his work - arousing the human condition - leading to the question of human salvation. The artist’s predominantly monochromatic paintings possess subtle yet richly worked surfaces with pronounced textures. Kimsunken sought to investigate the relationship between the paint material and the passage of time, with an emphasis on raising physical matter to the height of the human spirit. This exploration continues in his new works on paper, which represent a strong sense of visual immediacy and lightness. They act as a powerful counterpoint to the opacity and “weight” of Kimsunken’s paintings on canvas.
  • GJ Kimsunken, Untitled, 2022

    GJ Kimsunken

    Untitled, 2022 Watercolor on paper
    23 1/2 x 3 1/2 in
    60 x 9 cm
  • GJ Kimsunken, Untitled, 2022

    GJ Kimsunken

    Untitled, 2022 Watercolor on paper
    21 x 14 in
    53 x 35 cm
  • GJ Kimsunken, Untitled (head), 2022

    GJ Kimsunken

    Untitled (head), 2022 Acrylic on paper
    9 1/2 x 11 1/2 in
    24 x 29 cm
  • "I like making watercolors. It gives a feeling of acceptance, especially when the paint is absorbed by the paper so generously."

    – GJ Kimsunken

    • GJ Kimsunken Untitled, 2022
      GJ Kimsunken
      Untitled, 2022
    • GJ Kimsunken Untitled, 2022
      GJ Kimsunken
      Untitled, 2022
    • GJ Kimsunken Untitled, 2022
      GJ Kimsunken
      Untitled, 2022
    • GJ Kimsunken Untitled, 2022
      GJ Kimsunken
      Untitled, 2022
    • GJ Kimsunken Untitled (head), 2022
      GJ Kimsunken
      Untitled (head), 2022
    • GJ Kimsunken Untitled, 2022
      GJ Kimsunken
      Untitled, 2022