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Sun K. Kwak on "Untying Space"

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Korean-born New York based artist Sun K. Kwak makes the invisible visible using a surprisingly simple medium: black masking tape. Through a process infused with an element of performance, Kwak channels surrounding energy to manifest a movement of lines, liberating the space and transforming it into a new pictorial reality. For the Phantoms of Asia exhibition at the Asian Art Museum (on view from May 18–September 2, 2012), Kwak creates a site-specific installation for the museum's North Court, which will not be seen again after the exhibition closes. "At the close of an exhibition," Kwak explains, "the space once again becomes blank, as the black tape of the drawings is pulled off the wall and thrown out. This process of emptying the space is a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life and my acceptance of the emptiness of that nature. Yet the drawing lives on in viewers' memories as an imprint that leaves the space forever altered."