Won Ju Lim: In Many Things To Come

Won Ju Lim: In Many Things To Come

Honolulu Academy of Arts

Won Ju Lim, <i>In Many Things To Come</i>, 2006, detail
Courtesy of the artist

September 25, 2006

Won Ju Lim
In Many Things To Come

October 5-November 26, 2006

Artist Lecture
Won Ju Lim:
Spectral Forms 1996-2006
October 8, 2006 at 4 p.m.

The Doris Duke Theatre
Honolulu Academy of Arts
900 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96814


Won Ju Lim: In Many Things to Come, will be presented in the Clare Boothe Luce Gallery at the Honolulu Academy of Arts October 5 through November 26, 2006. This presentation is the third in a series of exhibition of works by internationally known contemporary artists, which was initiated by the Academy in 2005.

Born in Gwangju, South Korea in 1968, Won Ju Lim was educated at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Lim has exhibited in solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, London, Berlin, and Madrid, and has been featured in group shows including ARCO 06, Madrid; the 2002 Gwangju Bienniale; and the 2001 Munster Sculpture Biennial. Presently, Lim is included in exhibitions in Germany at the Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe and the Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen. A resident of Los Angeles, Lim also teaches on the UCLA faculty.

Lim is known for creating evocative architectural forms that are illuminated by projected moving and still images. Her installations use cinematic spectacle and wonder to create animated monuments and haunting landscapes that lead viewers through a journey of colors, shadows and light to ponder themes like fantasy, longing, nostalgia and remembrance. For this commissioned work, Lim has chosen to focus on Hawaii
In Many Things to Come begins with the premise that a visitors experience of Hawaii is, in part, a packaged commodity manufactured by a powerful tourism-industrial complex. The recognition of this aspect of Hawaii raises questions about the process of conveying, representing and remembering the essence of Hawaii. This is particularly meaningful when such questioning explores what is excluded or distorted in representing a pristine or authentic experience a type of experience that always proves to be elusive. In Many Things to Come explores this nexus through the recognition that the touristic packaging of Hawaii is meant to elicit nostalgia, recollection and ultimately, a return visit to a place that will eventually be acknowledged by the visitor as part dreamy fabrication. Through its use of iconic images, sculptural forms and cinematic projections from Hawaii, In Many Things to Come provocatively presents the affects, effects and residue of a form of recollection made complex by touristic inventions and interventions.

Lim will give a free lecture about her work on October 8, 2006 at 4 p.m. in The Doris Duke Theatre. Won Ju Lim: Spectral Forms 1996-2006 will focus on the last ten years of her work and discuss excerpts from the writings of Italo Calvino, Marcel Proust, and Susan Stewart as they relate to her haunting sculptural installations. Seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first served basis.
In Many Things to Come is the third in the Academys annual series of international contemporary art presentations that began in 2005 with Neo Rauch Works 1994-2002: The Leipziger Volkszeitung Collection (February 10 April 17, 2005), the artists only United States museum exhibition. The series continued with Bjørn Melhus: Eastern_Western_Park (December 21, 2005 January 22, 2006).
In Many Things To Come is supported by a grant from the American Center Foundation

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