Materiality of Transmutation: What Persists and What Projects

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 18:00
Visual Arts Center (VAC) Lobby

[CAS Speaker Series] Jongku Kim is an internationally recognized Korean sculptor and painter who transformed the traditions of time-honored Asian antecedents in sculpture, calligraphy, painting, and poetry. He will demonstrate his approach by painting four large pieces on canvas in the VAC lobby during his visit and by creating a performance art piece in the VAC performance studio.

Jonku's "...painting or words with steel filings can be compared with the calligraphy of pictographs in oriental culture; the harmony among poetry, calligraphy, and painting is very important. Poetry and calligraphy contain meanings while painting holds shape. Painting also explains poetry and calligraphy, and vice versa. Meaning and image coexist in literary artist painting. I think if we interpret [Jongku's] works of art based on this oriental art theory, we can easily analyze similarity and difference between two parts. While oriental painting uses Chinese ink, [Jongku] appropriates steel to draw the calligraphic text." (exculptor, 140).

The CU-Boulder Department of Art and Art History Visiting Artist Program and the University Libraries are collaborating to bring Jongku Kim from Korea. They will also present a panel discussion, which will begin with the realm of contemporary Asian art, deconstruct the performance art piece that Jongku will create prior to the panel, and look to the future by examining the challenges inherent in documenting and 'preserving' ephemeral performance art.

Alexander Watkins, CU's Art & Art History Librarian, will address the "projection of ephemeral art for subsequent analysis via documentation. He will be joined by William Morrow, who is the Denver Art Museum Polly and Mark Addison Associate Curator of Contemporary Art. He will initiate a conversation on some of those interpretations by exploring Jonku Kim's practice and its relationship to historical and current movements in contemporary art. In addition, Jongku will sit on the panel to discuss the performance piece. The event will be videotaped by Libraries media staff and be added to the Libraries website.

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, February 11, 6:15 p.m. - Performance Art, VAC1B20

Thursday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. - Lecture at Denver Art Museum, Free, Reservations Required (, 720-913-0040)

Friday, February 14, 5:30 p.m. - Reception, Macky

Materiality of Transmutation