Sun K. Kwak and her painting with tape
Korean-born New York based artist Sun K. Kwak makes the invisible visible using a surprisingly simple medium: black masking tape. Through a process infused with an element of performance, Kwak channels surrounding energy to manifest a movement of lines, liberating the space and transforming it into a new pictorial reality. She says: “My first reaction to the visual and emotional qualities of a given space is rendered through my spontaneous drawings on space. Through the pliability and the accessibility of ordinary tape as medium, that shifts between two and three dimensional planes. Myself transferred into black lines orchestrates the dynamism of manifold energies generated between architecture’s idiosyncrasy and its surroundings. Structural tensions are now liberated into new ‘pictorial reality’ where viewers step into these three dimensional drawings, their visual perception is expended to another dimension of time and space”.
The Sun K. Kwak three-dimensional sculptural drawings,have an incredible energy and fluidity. It’s hard to understand how she achieves such painterly strokes by tearing away the tape from the surface. In 2009 Kwak had a site-specific installation at the Brooklyn Museum titled Enfolding 280 Hours referring in part to the number of hours spent on the project. The sprawling freehand drawings wove over the surfaces of the architectural spaces to dramatic affect.