Yoonmi Nam: Momentarily
September 16 - Ocotber 29, 2016
Opening reception, September 16, 6-9pm
There is an ever-present, yet always changing still life of a sort that occurs on my kitchen table. The set-ups are brief and temporary – the top of the table becomes a site for staging a take-out dinner, grocery bags, and the daily mail. Quickly, these objects exit the stage and are discarded. However, these disposable objects can also suggest a different sense of time. Immediately after their intended use, they become useless and disposable. But, as materials, they often last longer than their intended lifespans. I am drawn to man-made objects that we surround ourselves with, especially when they subtly suggest a contradicting sense of time that seems both temporary and lasting. In this exhibition titled “Momentarily”, I use objects and their materiality to explore a sense of time and place that is both momentary and timeless.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Yoonmi Nam was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, spending part of her youth in Canada. She received a B.F.A. degree in Printmaking from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea. She moved to America to study at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a M.F.A. degree in Painting and Printmaking in 2000. Her work considers the cross-cultural experience and sense of transience through prints, installations and drawings. Nam uses images of man-made environments and the culture of cut flower arrangements as metaphors to evoke a sense of time that is both fleeting and eternal. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Kansas. http:www.yoonminam.com