COME AND SAY HELLO TOMORROW! !
Cultural Traffic Arts Fair
Sunday 7th October
Old Spitalfields Market
Central Mezzanine Terrace
8 Horner Square, London E1 6EW
Kim Wan’s artworks will be available alongside rare and collectible print-publications art fair-FREE ENTRY, see you there! DJ’s, food and drink, performance….10am-5pm #spitalfields #shoreditch #contemporaryart #publications #museum #collectibles #rarebooks #zine #londonartscene #frieze #friezeweek2018 #oilpainting #internationalartist #contemporaryart #graffiti #graphic #arthistory #arttheory #globalartworks #artworks
To appropriate the words of Marshall McLuhan: “The medium is the message”. In the case of Kim Wan, rudimentary equates immediacy; this is an artist who paints first and asks questions later!
Kim Wan’s work is wonderfully rudimentary. It is rudimentary, in the sense that it is about the fundamental blocks that constitute a medium – oil paint – and it is about combining that with an idea of what is ‘inside himself’. Basic stuff. Paint and the surface which it is applied to, which in turn form the warp and weft of the ”World according to Wan’. Wan’s World becomes the world within his skins, and his skins can cover everything.
Wan enjoys paint! Great volumic clods of smeary paint – gathered together and layered – twirled, slathered hastily, and yet always controlled and unadulterated. Paint is skin – it sits on the surface and (usually) alludes to form – but in Wan’s case his painterly skin holds a beating heart; it is his personal message to the world.
Kim Wan’s skill lies in the combination of the physical skin of paint, and its application, to form interesting and unexpected relationships. His paint describes form, and its sheer volume becomes form; it becomes an object of “an object”. Slathering, stratified clods that form landscapes of paint, that make skin surfaces. Wan’s topography of paint skin and its inferred meaning encapsulate everything in the pliable congregation of an ever-shifting, evolving and borderless environment. It contains something limitless; it’s the skin of something infinite. The ground onto which his environments adhere could just as easily be a canvas as a concrete floor or an old sideboard. He’s a painter who goes over the edge between art object and everything else. He is an artist with skin in the game.
This makes his environments vulnerable and violent, on edge and paradoxical; everything becomes an autobiographical façade; awkward and brilliant, difficult. Wan’s work rests on this difficult knife-edge between contained self-love and actual, recognisable, unbound genius.
There is a danger, of course, that, in his exuberance, his work could fall on the side of self-indulgence; that he is implicitly saying that his art, that he himself, really is everything. However, this indulgence allows a chance of a catalyst – there appears to be a symbiotic relationship between the ‘indulgence’ and ‘genius’; both are needed, both are valid and combined, both aspects yield results!
The art critic and writer, Sasha Craddock remarked of Wan’s painting back in 1998, and I paraphrase:
“Kim paints with such energy that one may think the result could only be a mess, but in this case [points to very large painting of thick, loose gestural marks in ultramarine and pink].There is a fine line between utter indulgence and brilliance – Kim paints like a maestro – at least in this painting, maybe his other work is awkward indulgences?”
Squirting £250 of oil paint onto a canvas, all in one go, is an indulgence: a self-gratifying outlay of artistic spending power.
So I am going to suggest that awkward solipsism and brilliant outlay exist at the same time. I’m going to propose that Wan’s best work is his most awkward and indulgent work; that it is a brilliant form of compromised genius.
It is Kim Wan’s exclusive focus on the painterly that drives the violence, the verve and vigour of his paintings and at the same time echoes his vulnerability and vacillation within a certain tunnel vision. He is an artist caught between flesh and sinew, between pigment and medium; an artist who revolves around a helix of what it is to be everything inside a human skin but who then compromises that with his chosen medium; he ends up articulating being human in paint and so everything becomes boundlessly alive within his paintings’ thick skin.
By revolving around an indulgence of self – coupled with an articulation of that self-satisfaction within the outlay of an expensive new artificial skin, and by trying to go beyond the limits imposed by this colourful artistic paint surface, he has also found a way of going beyond his own skin.
And all of this, by simply slapping paint about!
By Alastair Eales
(Editorial essay support: Phil King)
‘Self comes to mind is not about looking in the mirror, nor is it restricted to traditional fine
art practice. Implicit in the invitation to each of the participating 40 artists, is a sense of
intuition and trust that the tradition of self-portraiture, in whatever form, continues to
interest artists, even if it is not the main preoccupation of their practice.’
Gallery open to the public Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, then Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September 12.00am – 5.00pm
Exhibition closes Sunday 16th at 5.00pm
‘Nostalgia’ poster featuring ‘Self Portrait’ by Kim Wan
We invite you to attend the inauguration of the group exhibition of ‘Nostalgia’, at the Municipal Art Gallery of Piraeus. The exhibition will present works by Greek and international artists, from the field of painting, sculpture, photography and digital art. This will be the fourth and final part of the exhibition, which has travelled to Amsterdam, London and Timisoara in recent months.
Jill Christine Miller
Artists represented by our gallery in London will also be exhibited, including the British artist, Kim Wan, and the American artist, Ronald Gonzalez.
The exhibition will open with a preview to the public on August 27th (7.30pm – 9.30pm) and will be open daily (4pm-8pm) until 2 September (2pm-6pm only on Sunday 2 September).
Σας προσκαλούμε να παρευρεθείτε στα εγκαίνια της ομαδικής έκθεσης εικαστικών, ‘Nostalgia’, στη Δημοτική Πινακοθήκη Πειραιά.
Στην έκθεση θα παρουσιαστούν έργα απο Έλληνες και διεθνείς καλλιτέχνες, απο το χώρο της ζωγραφικής, της γλυπτικής, της φωτογραφίας και της ψηφιακής τέχνης.
Αυτο θα είναι το τέταρτο και τελευταίο μέρος της έκθεσης, η οποία ταξίδεψε τους προηγούμενους μήνες στο Άμστερνταμ, στο Λονδίνο και στη Τιμισοάρα.
Συμμετέχουν οι καλλιτέχνες:
Jill Christine Miller
καθώς και οι καλλιτέχνες που εκπροσωπούνται απο τη γκαλερί μας στο Λονδινο, ο Βρετανός, Kim Wan, και ο Αμερικανός, Ronald Gonzalez.
Η έκθεση θα ανοίξει για το κοινό στις 27 Αυγούστου (7.30μμ – 9.30μμ) και θα είναι ανοιχτή καθημερινά (4μμ-8μμ) μέχρι τις 2 Σεπτεμβρίου (2μμ-6μμ μόνο για τη Κυριακή 2 Σεπτεμβρίου).
Η είσοδος είναι ελεύθερη για όλους και θα προσφέρουμε ποτά στους καλεσμένους.
We need people to be photographed and filmed…We’re looking for you to express yourself in any way you see fit (think costumes, casual/formal wear, make up, etc…YOU WILL BE THE FOCUS, and YOU WILL BE THE ARTISTS..We’re asking you to film, photograph/ record each other and yourselves.We’ll provide activities, THE REST IS UP TO YOU! After the event is finished, youll have the opportunity to upload your images, films etc.onto a Facebook page for developing into further artworks e.g. drawings, films etc…
The event that will take place between 2-3pm on the 13th May at www.fiveyears.org
5 years gallery, Unit 2B1, Boothby Road, Archway N19 4AJ London. For more information, www.kimwanart.com
Please feel free to invite anyone else you know…
It’d be great to see you! Kim and Annie 😊
PRIVATE VIEW AMSTERDAM THIS FRIDAY
Group show ‘Nostalgia’ in Amsterdam
An ‘Art Number 23’ Exhibition
Private View: 11th May 18.00 – 21.00
Opening times: 12th – 14th May, 10.00am to 6.00pm
and 15th May, 10am-2.00pm
Artworks created by the artists represented by our gallery, Kim Wan, Ekaterini Koliakou and Ronald Gonzalez, will be exhibited in the show.
Suzanne de Emmony
Rebecca Morcombe Young
TOON – Jan Evertsenstraat 8, 1056 EC Amsterdam, Netherlands
‘Games and Learning’ a participant-led workshop, taking place at Five Years Gallery , London.
2-3pm, Sunday 13th May, 2018, as part of…
‘Being Together Is Not Enough ‘
‘Games and Learning’ will be a one hour, participant-led workshop, consisting of learning to throw a rugby ball and/or a basketball or neither. It will be documented with a view to developing it further. The workshop will be run by the educator Annie Morris and the artist Kim Wan. It is open to all and the only requirement is to wear sports trainers. Participants will have the opportunity to document the workshop via their own mobile phones, cameras, microphones, recording devices, etc. and then upload it to social media. All participation is voluntary.
If you would like to participate, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the header Five Years-Games and Learning.
We are delighted to invite you to the opening of our upcoming exhibition ‘Incognito’!
The work of UK-based and international artists will be displayed including paintings, sculptures and video art.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Hugo De Brett
Jane Cornish Smith
Sarah Vaci Kim Wan
Admission Free, Open bar
Opening times: 24th February – 28th February, 11.00am-18.00pm
For more information please contact us at: email@example.com
Featuring artworks by Kim Wan, Robert Longo, Kiki Smith, Polly Apfelbaum, William Wegman, John Baldessari, Kay Rosen, Michael St. John, Nancy Burson, Lawrence Weiner, Nayland Blake, Donald Baechler, Barbara Hammer, Hans Haacke, Ida Applebroog, Louise Fishman, Jordan Eagles, Jane Hammond, LJ Roberts, Sadie Barnette, William Wegman, Ross Bleckner, Marlene McCarty and over 1400 others!!!*
PREVIEW PARTY: FRIDAY, JANUARY 19th
The only opportunity to see the entire exhibition.
Silent Auction & Raffle Prizes. (No postcard sales.)
* Artist Preview from 6pm-8pm
Participating artists can attend the Preview for free (no RSVP required), starting at 6pm, one hour after VIP Preview. Additional guests $100 each (see below).
* VIP Preview begins at 5pm
$100 admission (payable at the door or online here) allows guests into the gallery one hour before the general doors open. Beat the crowd and get an extra close look at all the artwork.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 from 10 AM – 6 PM
SUNDAY, JANUARY 21 from 12 PM – 4 PM
(SUNDAY SPECIAL: Buy 2 & Get 1 Free)
Over 1400 artworks displayed anonymously – and artist’s name revealed only after purchase. First-come, first-served. All postcard artwork only $85 each. On Sunday ONLY – buy 2 postcards, get 1 free as our “thank you.” With so much wonderful art on display, you are bound to find something you love—and all proceeds supports the programs of Visual AIDS. $5 suggested admission.