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Kwan Young Kim, the abstraction of dissolving memory

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Kwan Young Kim graduated from Metal Art and Design at Hongik University of Seul, now, in Italy, he studies at Brera where he is mastering painting.
He has not abandoned his passion for sculpture, but he could not find a laboratory where he can work with a big amount of metal, and, basically, a compliant neighbourhood that tolerates the noise Metal Design requires, is hard to find!
He shows me several drafts of wonderful abstract figures. If only this guy had the chance to have his own laboratory!
However his paintings are very interesting as his sculptures.
They bring his signature, and you can tell that the identity of the artist is clearly visible in both.
The conceptual art of Kwan Young denotes his style and Memory is the thread of his work. He explains to me when he has started his new era of art:
“As my mother started suffering from Alzheimer, I begun to think carefully about Mind and Memory. When I show her my paintings with the bright colors and the shapes I draw, I hope she will recall some memory of her life”.

Kwan Young’s sculptures and paintings are characterized by abstract shapes standing up in a fragile balance. Although they seem they are about to fall off suddenly, they stand still.
In the same way, our memory and mind make up thoughts and build reality from dreams and viceversa, Kwan Young’s art is made to turn our conception of the world upside down.
He keeps working and sturying at new artworks, and I believe we will see an exhibition of him very soon.