* Date : 2014-02-25
Contemporary artist Atta Kim has long been inspiring people around the world with his unique photographs and artworks. He was even the first Asian artist to hold a solo exhibition at the International Center of Photography, a world-class photography exhibition hall in Manhattan, New York, in 2006. This time, he's back with the Drawing of Nature series, comprised of artworks that were "drawn by nature" without any human interaction; he installed canvases in major cities, natural environment and historical sites and retrieved them years later.
Atta Kim, born in Geoje in Gyeongsangnam-do Province in 1956, changed his name from Seok-jung Kim to Atta Kim in 2000. Ever since he was young, he was absorbed in thought, contemplating nature and matter among various other issues, thanks to his father who encouraged and fostered his inquisitiveness. This is probably one of the reasons he could become a philosophical artist, triggering people's interest in Eastern philosophy and demonstrating the concept of existence and void in a paradoxical manner.
He transferred his surroundings on canvas and interacted with various people such as miners and a circus troupe to get a glimpse into the lives of others. In 1986, he presented the Father series created over the course of 4 years and depicted the generation change within his own family. Through a journey to find the meaning of existence, he developed his own philosophy, revealed through numerous projects such as the Self-Portrait, Deconstruction and Museum Project.
He then explored the concept of the eventual disappearance of all beings and objects through the On Air series, comprised of artworks that were created using a wide range of techniques. The On Air subseries are still on display at many famous art museums to this day. The internationally acclaimed artist Atta Kim joins us on The INNERview to discuss his 'image training' technique, his artworks that shed light on Eastern philosophy, and his recent transformation into a 'fool' for his granddaughter. So, make sure you join us to meet the philosophical artist and be wowed by his Drawing of Nature series!