Posted on 02/11/2005
Charting Spaces/Mapping Selves at
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
First Thursday ArtTalk
April 7, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Artists Saul Becker and Songyi Kim both are intrigued with issues of self-exploration, and they both embark on their respective uncharted territories with critical self-awareness. These artists share their unique approaches and creative reflections during the Bemis Center’s first monthly ArtTalk: Resident Artist Lecture Series of 2005 on Thursday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m. As always, this event is free and open to the public.
Becker negotiates among personal narratives, authorship, human experience and the possibilities of place. Intrigued by the way Renaissance painters overtly used calculated grids to establish perspective, his paintings express the nuances of his own experiences in the three-dimensional world and reflect his own keen interest in maps and the representation of statistical data. The Seattle-based artist notes: “With my paintings, I am seeking to explore the clash between the strangeness of statistical imagery and classical depictions of landscape, combined with the tiny personal maps that are my fingertips.” Saul Becker received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and also studied in Lisbon, Portugal and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has exhibited in a variety of art venues and has received several grants, including the Artist Trust Gap Grant in 2002.
Videographer and performance artist Songyi Kim uses her videos and prints to explore issues of personal identity in different environments and how changing places affect people on very deep, personal levels. Working on her evolving self-portrait constitutes one of Kim’s long-term projects, and she uses her modern media to capture not only the exterior image but also the singular self “within.” Kim earned both a BFA and MFA in Metal Craft at Seoul National University in Korea and an MFA in Sculpture at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Saul Becker and Songyi Kim both offer provocative ways for exploring personal terrain and charting our evolving spaces and selves. Join us at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts on the first Thursday in April for a stimulating discussion on self-exploration, self-interpretation and self-reflection.