Gallery M Platform
21 - 27 September 2022
Gallery M Platform is very excited to announce our September group exhibition in the heart of London’s bustling Notting Hill, curated by art director Mari Kim, featuring artists OH+ (Thailand), So Young Kim (South Korea), and Hyesu Kim (South Korea).
This group exhibition features a selection of over 20 works exploring a variety of expressions of spectacular colours in the art practice of our three artists. Inspired by their environment and their natural talent, they create powerful explosions of colour on their canvasses ranging from tropical weather and flowers to the distorted objects of internet memes.
OH+ is a Thai artist based in Munich, London and Bangkok. Her art practice began at an early age, influenced by the vibrant colours of Thailand’s natural environment nurtured by its tropical weather. She emphasises the contrasting tropical weather of her homeland to produce detailed and uniquely idiosyncratic characters formed by the environment around her. Her work is also influenced by the rich storehouse of traditional European painting.
Her work seeks to address one of the prevalent issues of our time, interrogating the problems surrounding our endless exposure to social media and the idolised and unrealistic portrayal of the self that this often entails. She said, “We can’t avoid the eyes of camera lenses anymore, whether we like it or not. This phenomenon continues and cannot be hidden in our society.”
OH+ was selected as one of the top 10 great artists during the START Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery, London in 2021.
Artist So Young Kim (b. 1991) is an RCA Masters graduate of 2022. She explores and examines the distortion of images and objects that she has intuitively collected through her internet web-browsing. Her juxtaposed images and geometric icons harvested from various sources across the internet are expressed whimsically through the vibrant and powerful colours of her own playful compositions.
So Young started collecting ‘images of objects’ after being influenced by the thinking of a well-known German philosopher, Hito Steyerl, who introduced the idea of the ‘image as an object.’ Steyerl writes that “images should no longer be seen as emblems of objects but as objects themselves.” So Young manipulates the images in her collection through editing, deleting and distortion on digital platforms, and these distorted images then become the subjects on her canvas. She works and lives in London and Singapore.
Based in London and Singapore, South Korean artist Hyesu Kim creates artworks with a cartoonish style that reflects and is inspired by the waves of emotional frustration, fatigue, loneliness, unease and lethargy in her mundane life, as she experienced the pandemic in Singapore and as a stranger and newcomer to London. As a result her multiple emotional faces lie within and penetrate every corner of her art practice.
The art subjects in her body of work have a kind of whimsical, cynical or sometimes weird character and appearance together with cheeky smiles and gestures. She says, “My work explores the uneasy emotions that I experience through the intuitiveness of drawing. The drawing reveal my subconscious mind in everyday encounters, especially those very personal and comparatively insignificant moments. These emotions, difficult and conflicting but also helpless and bottomless, encompasses a range of states such as unease, loneliness, shame, and lethargy.” She now lives and works in London.