In time for the arrival of true summer, SB D Gallery proudly presents “Metamorphosis” by Chong Tae Kim. The exhibition runs from July 18, 2009 to August 5, 2009.
His remarkable panoramic pictures of New York City skyscrapers and trees with his own multiple layers of coloring pixel by pixel signify our own being from substances to pixels, that is pure light in the end.
With no natural passion or love for colors, my work over the years has been mostly black and white.
But today, colors became my joy and pain.
In order to become familiar with the powers of color, I have focused experimentally on one specific theme last few months. I have taken an image of a flower, or some other colorful object, and repeatedly zoomed in until the physical shape and structure of the object was lost and pure pixilated color was all that remained. These formless pixels became color itself, and also became the key to my art––reimagining the city and transforming my own perceptions.
The landscape of Manhattan, filled with skyscrapers and towering trees, is already perfect. But I try to superimpose my own perceptions on this matchless canvas, by adding bands of colored patterns onto those trees and buildings. And in doing so, this cityscape has turned into something beyond my expectation––metamorphosing, metamorphosis. With color I have added new elements of joy and pain to the city of Manhattan. It is still the same city, but with different faces and feelings…
The colors changed my view of the urban landscape, and they have also changed my heart, expanding my emotions and enriching my perceptions.
All by way of this tiny pixel of color, this insignificant, tiny pixel…
– Photographer Chong Tae Kim, 9:33 AM, July 5, 2009, Port Washington
Please come and join us for the opening reception on July 18, Saturday, from 5 pm to 8 pm to meet up with the artist.