November 19, 2005 – January 21, 2006
This solo exhibition by K.Min at the Ise Cultural Foundation Front Gallery features a series of pastel drawings highlighting food and objects of daily life. Through a selected number of earlier and recent works, the show emphasizes Min’s subtleness yet poignant handling of everyday actions and things. Never romanticizing her images, she creates drawings that are both eerie and comforting.
The subjects of her pastel drawings focus on food and snacks that everyone encounters in daily life. In her work, Min subtly depicts stages of decay as if a photographer who documents models through their careers or lives. Food, exposed on bare white background, are depicted half-eaten and forgotten in plastic containers or sandwich bags. These foods, waiting to be consumed, are shown to being mildewed and inedible.
In one particularly powerful drawing, entitled Seasick in Main, a bag is illustrated having fulfilled its function, with its translucency revealing fatigue, relief and a compelling sense of self-gratification. The bag stands as if on stage bowing to an appreciative audience. A fingerprint on the bag confirms the interaction between a consumer and the consumed. Raising awareness of things marginalized, Min’s homage toward this humble object can be interpreted as an expression of her own resistance against market-driven forces in society.
K.Min, through her work in this exhibition, juxtaposes objects neglected over passing of time with memories that are lost or forgotten in daily life.