Wonder Ball | Won Ju Lim


Won Ju Lim
Born 1968, Gwangju, South Korea
Lives and works in Los Angeles

Kiss 9, 2015
Plexiglas and light
7 ¼ x 24 x 17 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Haines Gallery, San Francisco
Retail value: $12,000

Won Ju Lim examines the perceived dialogue between real and imaginary spaces and their relationship to fantasy, memory, and longing. The formal and conceptual practice behind her multimedia work draws from sources that range from Baroque architecture to fantasy and science fiction films to urban landscape. 

In Kiss 9 (2015), Lim imagined the lovers of the eponymous sculpture by Constantin Brancusi transformed into the cast shadow of a tinted Plexiglas model based on the floor plans of the famed Case Study houses built largely in the Los Angeles area. These modernist homes were designed by Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, and other visionary architects from 1948 to 1966. Encased in a box that evokes the language of Donald Judd’s stack sculptures, Kiss 9 is lit from above to create cascades of colored light. 

Won Ju Lim is the recipient of numerous awards, including a grant from Creative Capacity Funds (2014) and the Freund Fellowship (2013). Selected solo exhibitions of her work include Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2015); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2008); and Honolulu Academy of Arts (2006). Her work is in the collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna.

A related work by Lim, Kiss D7 (2015), was acquired by SJMA as the annual ArtPick by the Museum's Council of 100.

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