George Kim has been watching the local art scene from a comfortable distance for years, all the while making incredible sculptures in private. He recently approached Indianapolis Art Center Director of Exhibitions Patrick Flaherty to ask him to look at his art, and we are lucky that Flaherty accepted his invitation.
This exhibition constitutes a rare moment in the local art scene, with a mature artist of remarkable prowess and vision emerging from private practice into the public eye. Kim, who has no formal artistic training, has been making sculptures from black walnut logs for 30 years.
Kim's first public exhibition features a small sampling of his output. The sculptures' shape and form are determined by the attributes of each piece of wood, taking each piece's imperfections into account. The sculptures on view mostly resemble humans and birds, their elongated limbs reminiscent of Alberto Giacometti.
What is most interesting is how his work combines high art sensibilities with references to indigenous and outsider art. The finish of the wood is gorgeous, and the shapes and proportions of the sculptures are stunning.
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