A Fake artist statement
New York, December 13, 2018 – The Center of Photography is pleased to introduce The History in The Street of New York by James Kim, 1935-2015, a long photography series consist of the artist’s early and contemporary works in New York. The History in The Street of New York intends to capture everyday life and its locality of New York from the artist’s unique perspective and how it has changed throughout 80 years of his career. Since he lived his whole life in New York, he was confident in capturing details, such as shapes, forms, and textures, on the street that normal people or tourists would not find. Throughout the exhibition, he presents an interesting juxtaposition of the past and the present using both the old and new method of photography, which are black and white printing and digital printing. Viewers see it as an interesting combination, because it presents both photographic skills and keeps its theme of street and daily life continuously at the same time. Deeply embedded the cultural and historical aspects of New York, his perspective of viewing the city has inspired many street artists and by doing that, he succeeded pursuing his slogan “art is in the streets.”
A truthful artist statement
On December 13, 2018, ReVerb: Talking Pictures by Chaeyeon Roh and her partner Joyce Zhu was exhibited in New York Art Center. Under the theme “Fake”, ReVerb: Talking Pictures presents a conversation with 20 images and text that rexplore both true and fake stories. The images and the text are printed and assembled in a small booklet form, which let viewers to read the story in order. The intention of this work is to present the artist’s own interpretation of daily conversations in New York and include both true and fake elements, which is a viewer’s responsibility to figure out which one is true and which one is false. The artist referred to ‘Citizen’ by Claudia Rankine and ‘True Stories’ by Sophie Calle’ when writing texts, and those works inspired the artist to write in a format that uses ‘you’ for readers to participate. On the second and the last page of the work, ‘Risograph’ was used, and the rest of the pages were printed. It must have been challenging for the artist to try a new method of presenting her work, which is a book format. She is an artist who constantly seek new methods of creating works that best suits an intention.