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Dates:  1970 -
Born:  South Korea, Seoul
Sookang Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1970. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Seoul National University in 1993, and in 1998 she graduated from Pratt Institute in New York City with a Master of Fine Arts in photography.
Kim Sookang creates lyrical gum-print still lifes from objects encountered in her daily life. As much akin to painting as to photography, Sookang’s creative process involves laying multiple coats of pigment onto photographic paper using a single monochrome negative. The artist then carefully brushes the color, thinning it out in certain places and removing it completely from others, thus creating fine texture and accentuating shades. The accumulation of translucent layers gives “body” to each print; with each subsequent layer, the images gradually come into being. Each exposure mediates, as it were, an additional trace of the subject.
Kim has shown her work in her several solo exhibitions in Korea and numerous group shows in Korea and the USA. Her work is in both private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Museet for Fotokunst in Odense, Denmark. She is represented by Gallery 339 in Philadelphia and Sepia International in New York and Paik Hae Young Gallery in Korea. Kim lives and works in Seoul, South Korea.
[Courtesy of Gallery 339]

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Sookang Kim

Solo Exhibitions
2005 Bojagi (Gallery Red Forest, Seoul)
2005 Sookang Kim (Paik Haeyoung Gallery, Seoul)
2003 In My Hand (Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul)
2000 Being (Gallery Lux, Seoul)
1998 Trivial Stories (Gallery 2000, Seoul)
1997 Odes to Things (Steuben West Gallery, New York)
1993 Rust (Gallery Indeco, Seoul)
Group Exhibitions
2006 Sepia at Seven (Sepia International, New York, NY)
2005 Authenticity of Memory (Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
2005 Scent of Daily life (Sun Gallery, Seoul)
2005 Tokyo Art Fair (Tokyo, Japan)
2005 Art Cologne (Koln, Germany)
2005 Shanghai Art Fair (Shanghai, China)
2005 Between Man and Place (Ssamzie Space, Seoul)
2004 Image Utopia (KEPCO Art Gallery, Seoul)
2004 Object / Place / Process (Sepia International, New York, NY)
2004 Chicago Art Fair (Chicago)
2004 A Praise for Still Life (Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul)
2004 Umbra (Sunggok Art Museum, Yoo Art Space, Seoul)
2003 “Bora” (Art Center, Seoul)
2003 Korean International Art Fair (COEX, Seoul)
2002 Look into…(Gallery Sagan, Seoul)
2002 Stream (Gallery La Mer, Seoul)
2002 The Four Gracious Plants (Garam Gallery, Seoul)
2001 Seoul Print Art Fair “Multi 21” (Seoul Art Center Gallery, Seoul)
2001 Old & New Camera Works (Gallery Lux, Seoul)
2000 Scent of Autumn (Hello Art Gallery, Seoul)
2000 How About Art Photography Collection (Howart Gallery, Seoul)
2000 Still Life (Dam Gallery, Seoul)
2000 Our Photography, Today’s Spirit (Art Center Gallery, Seoul)
1998 July Seven (Dam Gallery, Seoul)
1998 Saekdong-jogoli (Dong-A Gallery, Seoul)
1996 Print Workshop (Engineering Hall, Brooklyn)
1993 Logos & Pathos-New Generation (Chung Nam Art Center, Seoul)
1993 New Generation (Paik Sang Gallery, Seoul)
1993 Chung. Mi. Yon Recommended Artists (Paik Sang Gallery, Seoul)
1992 Korea Contemporary Print Art Fair (Art Center, Seoul)
1992 Moo Deung Art Festival (Kwangju City Art Museum, Kwangju)
Lectures at University of Seoul, Dongkook University, Kookmin University, Kaywon School of Art and Design, Hansung University 
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