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Kim Joon, Crashing at Waterfall Mansion

Waterfall Room
All Photos By Gail

I don’t remember how I first heard of NYCs Waterfall Mansion and Gallery, but I know it was a place that I discovered completely by accident. And I admit that I became distracted enough to have I forgotten about it for maybe a year before I got inspired a few weeks ago to look it up again on the interwebs and plan a visit.

Waterfall Mansion Front

Kim Joon Crashing Signage

Of course, when I saw that they are currently hosting an exhibit art by Korean digital artist Kim Joon and that the ranking hostingów will be hosting their site, I got extra excited, because his work is amazing, and I am a huge fan!

Forest Paul
Forest Paul

With Crashing, Kim continues his mastery of the 3D Studio Max software, which he uses to manipulate his fantastic, hyper-surreal images — composed of body parts and patterned skins, or “tattoos” — in new and exciting ways. His art is so unique and very beautiful.

Forest-Green Day
Forest-Green Day

These new pieces, which were created specifically for the Waterfall Mansion and Gallery space, focus on the theme of tension and balance between our current identity and who we wish to be. Kim uses tattoo-like images and artificial skin textures on computer generated bodies and creates a crash of identities.

Forest-Monkey
Forest-Monkey

Using tattoo as a form of expression, Kim reveals deeply imprinted desires, and the obsessions that are on his mind. In his early works, to demonstrate repression towards individuals under social convention, he created a discourse on the relationship of body and tattoo, which was a cultural taboo, and still legally restricted in Korea.

Forest-Pink
Forest-Pink

Kim began reproducing tattoos on digital flesh in the early aughts, using motifs such as clouds, dragons, and traditional symbols, as well as luxurious brand labels mapped on human body, causing a friction of shape, texture, and pattern.

Forest-Pink Lady
Forest-Pink Lady

In the series Blue Jean Blues, the body became more fragile by being made of ceramic. Recently, as seen in Somebody, which also exhibited at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Chelsea in 2014, and Forest, the bodies are fragmented and distorted. This hybrid form creates uncanny and uncomfortable balancing acts by crashing the real vs. fake, old vs new, who we want to be vs. who we are, self-definition vs. cultural expectations.

This video work, Pink Bubble, is part of the Crashing exhibit at Waterfall Mansion.

Kim Joon invites the viewer into the crashing of his own identities, to reflect upon their own tensions and conflicting forces of identity, and to reveal where true value in life is placed.

And let’s not forget to check out that waterfall!

Waterfall Mansion

Kim Joon’s Crashing will be on Exhibit Only Through Saturday, July 3oth, 2016, at Waterfall Mansion and Gallery, Located at 170 East 80th Street (Between Third and Lex) in NYC. The Gallery is only open to the public on Saturdays from Noon – 5 PM, so you just have one more day to see it. Visit This Link for more information.

She-Red Ear
She-Red Ear

Kim Joon Crashing

The Two Gs Go To Pearl River Mart!

Pearl River Mart Old Storefront
Bargain Hunter’s Paradise

This past weekend, Geoffrey (aka Other G or “OG“) and I went downtown to Pearl River Mart to shop like maniacs. OG has been listening to me rave about Pearl River Mart since he was an egg, and this was his first visit to the wonderful Palace of Asian Delights where I would shop every day if I could. Of course, he fell head-over-heels in love with place right then and there. Because, let’s face it, Pearl River Mart is the shit.

We had so much fun I was inspired to create a Top Ten list in tribute to PRM’s greatness. Therefore, I bring you:

Top Ten Things I Love About Shopping at Pearl River Market:

1. PRM is the only place where I will buy incense, because theirs is the best, and it makes the Chickpad smell amazing.

Kimono Top

2. For Christmas, a friend bought me a dish towel holder from Pearl River Mart that is shaped like a little kimono. I use it all the time.

Waterfall

3. On the way downstairs they have a waterfall. I wish this waterfall was in my house.

Pearl River Mart Buddhas
Buddhas Are Us

4. PRM provides one-stop shopping for all your Asian figurine needs.

5. Exotic scented votive candles that smell like rain and weird fruits.

6. It’s a great place to find cheap kitchen gadgets. I got my spring-loaded, fried food tongs there.


An Alternative to Greasy Sunblock

7. These Parasols keep the sun off me so I don’t fry.

Chinese Dragon Head

8. Papier Mache Dragon Heads were a fun addition to the wedding reception of my friends Anina and Mark.

9. Walking practically all the way to Chinatown from 14th Street is a good excuse to stop at Gonzales y Gonzales for a margarita on the way back home from shopping at PRM.

10. Seriously, I do 90% of my gift shopping there and people just go insane over all the cool stuff they get from me. Thank You, Pearl River Mart for making me seem so much cooler than I am.