Shin il Kim, “Active Anesthesia — The Full of Square,” 2007. Video projector, DVD player, rear projection screen, aluminum structure. 60 minutes, looping. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Simon in Seoul.

Shin il Kim exhibition: 'Active Anesthesia'

The SCAD Museum of Art presents “Active Anesthesia,” an exhibition featuring three seminal works by Seoul-based conceptual artist Shin il Kim.

Through an experimental approach using drawing, sculpture, video and sound, Kim creates sculptural installations that alter meaning through a shift in perception. In doing so, the artist seeks to shake viewers out of a passive, anesthetized state into one that inspires active engagement with their surroundings. Kim explains, ”Sometimes ordinary acts of everyday life can acquire a different meaning through a new perception or relationship. This is what my works try to capture.” An example of this transformation may be seen in the sculptural light installation, “Active Anesthesia.” Commonplace American television commercials are projected onto one surface of the piece, while the light from the television is transformed via the aluminum grid into an interplay of abstracted light on the other side of the installation. Kim brilliantly converts the mundane “anesthetized” images of television into a dynamic, minimalist composition of light and movement. 

The light installation, “Temporal Continuum Intuitively Known Élan vital Operates Emptiness,” which is Kim’s musing on the limitations of language to refer to things and emotions, can also be seen in the exhibition with the video “Persistency.”

Shin il Kim was honored last year with the Korea Artist Prize 2014 and an exhibition at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Gwacheon, Korea. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition with SCAD.

Reception: Thursday, Oct. 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Museum hours:

  • Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, closed
  • Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Daily admission to the museum is free for all SCAD students, faculty, staff and museum members. The reception and the museum are open to the public with the cost of museum admission.