Sung Hwan Kim

In the Room

April 7 – May 2, 2009

Special Opening Performance:
In the Room 3
Friday, April 3 and Saturday April 4, 2009, 9:30 pm
by Sung Hwan Kim and dogr (aka David Michael DiGregorio) Guest performer: Byungjun Kwon

Gallery TPW and Images Festival are thrilled to co-present Sung Hwan Kim’s In the Room, manifesting first as a live performance in collaboration with dogr and Byungjun Kwon, and then as an exhibition developed out of the visual and narrative components of the performance. Kim’s In the Room series is rooted in a multi-disciplinary process weaving together video, music, drawing, as well as live and pre-recorded performances. In addition to a series of wall drawings, paper sculptures and staging elements created for the performance, the exhibition installation features two video works: Dog Video (2006) and From the Commanding Heights… (2007). The videos mimic many of the processes present in the live presentation. Most notable is Kim’s unique form of projection performance and his use of the video camera with a plexiglass screen. This lo-tech set up allows Kim to layer video feed of his body with a type of “live animation” often associated with the use of an overhead projector. The fantastic stories and elliptical narratives presented in this work operate at the borderline of the imagined and the actual.

In the Room is presented in conjunction with the 22nd Images Festival, April 2–11, 2009.

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Artist Biographies

Korean artist Sung Hwan Kim is currently based in New York. Previously, he lived and worked in the Netherlands over a period of four years, during which part of the time was spent as a fellow at the Rijksakademie. Variations of In the Room have been exhibited or performed around the world at places including STEIM, Amsterdam; Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; and Witte de With, Rotterdam. In 2007 he was awarded the 2nd prize of the Prix de Rome from the Netherlands and the Korean award Hermes Korea Missulsang (Hermes Korea Prize for Contemporary Art).

dogr (David Michael DiGregorio) was born in Boston in 1979 and is now based in New York. With a background in Baroque, choral gospel and electro-acoustic music, as well as experimental 16mm filmmaking, dogr is a performing musician and composer who sings layered and spatial songs. His upcoming album, In Korean Wilds and Villages, is due for release on Sonig Records, Germany, April 2009. Recent performances include Établissement d'en face projects, Brussel, 2009; Insa Art Space, Seoul, 2007; Gallery 27, Uiwang, Korea, 2007; De Appel, Amsterdam, 2007; STEIM, Amsterdam, 2006; BAK, Utrecht, 2006. More at: www.dogr.org or www.myspace.com/dognap

Byungjun Kwon started his musical career in early the 90s as a singer/songwriter and has released seven albums ranging from alternative rock to minimal house. He creates music for records, sound tracks, fashion collections, contemporary dance, theatre plays and interdisciplinary events. Recent works and performances have been presented in many international venues. He lives and works in Amsterdam.