Crescent x Hunter Street
A solo show by Jeesu Kim
July 17–19, 2014
Crescent x Hunter Street is the first solo show by artist Jeesu Kim. For the exhibition the artist is displaying a new two channel video accompanied by a series of photographs.
Crescent x Hunter Street examines the slow and almost imperceptible process of gentrification around Court Square in Long Island City, an area caught between neighborhoods that have been gentrified and those that have been left behind. In Crescent x Hunter Street, Kim exposes the silent, pervasive processes of gentrification and the inaudible noise of restructuration. While this is specific in the location, it also exemplifies a microcosm of the constant changes from socio-economic shifts.
In order to encapsulate the sensibility of the place, the project restages a famous scene from Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt, in which the married couple, Paul and Camille, goes through a drawn-out, subdued, and yet intense quarrel around love. This restaging is combined with scenes in which the actors activate the streets around the Court Square area through deliberate movements and gestures.
Jeesu Kim received a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design and a B.A. in Visual Arts & Culture and Media from Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. Her video and photography have been featured in many exhibitions domestically and abroad, such as Girls Girls Girls, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles, LA; Reset, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, MO; KAFFNY.2: VISUAL + MEDIA ART, Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery in New York, NY.