Byron B Kim
My work in sculpture and mixed media began during graduate studies in architecture. It started simply enough as studies to explore how different materials could mechanically be joined together. But soon these studies began to develop into a kind of specialized language, a language in which the vocabulary and grammar was very much derived by my view of material, how they should relate to each other and how they can communicate the particular issue or concept that is being considered.
Currently, my work has been focussed on concepts of transformation and 'completion' of the worn, decayed or grotesque. Also present is the re-presenting of materials that are generally viewed as ordinary or undesirable to reveal an unexpected depth and/or beauty. There is often the suggestion of the architectural and scaled representation, and while sometimes part of a broader design process, each piece is intended to stand on its own representing a complete thought at a particular time and place.