'Heartspace Hotel' is my surprise solo show for 2020 (I haven't told anyone about it until the last week couple of weeks, because I didn't know about it myself, lol!).
Occupying the third floor of The Gladstone Hotel in downtown Toronto, an amazing boutique art hotel renowned for its high profile art & design events and exhibitions, this multimedia show features a new combination of my heart-based work seen at my 'Heartspace' and 'A Full Heart' solo exhibitions in 2019, some of which have only ever been shown once, and even a couple of pieces I've never shown before.
Artworks include my longest digital print ever at over eight feet long, shown only once before in March 2019 at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre's Studio Gallery.
Also: many more prints, three of my large scrolls with giant image transfers, fibre-based work, paintings, abstract photography, and two more digital prints I've only exhibited once before.
The opening reception coincides with the one for the second floor exhibition so it's sure to be a happening evening – hope you can make it!
I love a clean slate.
A fresh sheet of paper, a newly-cleaned whiteboard, a pristine layer of snow.
There’s such beauty to the purity. The blankness quiets the noise of our surroundings, and of our own minds. Into those unsullied white spaces I find my mind naturally expands, while new ideas and possibilities start to grow and take shape.
So it is with a new year... and I am only just wrapping my mind around the possibilities of a new decade!
Do you do anything to mark the start of a new year? Do you brainstorm or reflect, set intentions or make plans?
I am working on a multi-part blog post “Looking Back to Look Ahead” in which I will share with you some of my reflections and insights into the year that’s passed and how those will affect how I see the coming year, and how I'll move forward.
Please take a moment to share your favourite ways of reflecting or refining your vision or just how you treat the annual changeover, I'd love to hear from you!
You are invited to my first solo show at The Red Head Gallery, where I became a member in 2018.
For more information about the content of the show, click here to see the exhibition page.
This show would be less than I’d hoped if not for the generous support of its/my sponsors.
Many thanks to all of the individuals, and one organization, who chose to support this project!
If you are curious about sponsoring new work, in any amount starting at just $10, please visit this page (click here) to find out more.
It’s always nice to hear that someone saw my work and both liked it enough and was in a position to purchase it so they could take it home.
“Untitled (Layered Trees)” is one of two artworks sold recently at the Take 2 exhibition at Neilson Park Creative Centre, which has its closing reception this Sunday, 2–4pm. Click here for more details. (On a sidenote, the reception is also an early-bird opportunity to register in-person for spring courses!)
This photo-based mixed media piece is 8” x 8”, on a wood panel, and layers a mounted photo-digital print under an image transfer from a piece of film that I spent considerable time altering by hand before applying.
Trees are a recurring motif in my work now that began to appear regularly once I started my anatomical hearts body of work, because the tree branches are so beautifully analogous to the branching behaviour of veins and arteries. As so often happens, our inner world reflects the outer one, because branching behaviour is a fundamental design structure in nature; it's one that I have become enchanted by.
I am drawn to the relationship between branches but also to the complexity, which reflects what I experience so often in my own mind and out in the world as I navigate a profusion of sensory inputs and relational ones as well. Complexity can become overwhelming, which some artists (eg Julie Mehretu) communicate (and create) very well.
It's interesting then that for this piece I chose to concentrate on editing the complexity, leaving only small touches of it in deliberate places.
Well that’s all very nice, but none of what I said really addresses the slightly tongue-in-cheek headline I gave this post!
That headline is rooted in my realization this year that it sometimes isn't clear that my work is almost always available for sale. Some of the more unusual formats might require a little adaptation or customization for a new, permanent home, but most of my work transfers quite easily.
It’s also true that sometimes when I’ve made a lot of new work for a show or event (like a festival) I’ve worked so hard right up until the installation that I haven't had a chance to work out pricing in time for the opening. So that can be another issue, but it’s only a temporary one :-)
I’ve had enough people ask that I thought I should clear that up!
Since I have a couple of solo shows coming up this year – March 9–21 at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre’s gallery (where I will have three rooms in their historic mansion) and in November at The Red Head Gallery in the wonderful 401 Richmond creative arts hub in downtown Toronto – I will be making more new work. My plans include a couple of large pieces but some small and medium as well, including (if my idea works out) some multiples for the Red Head show. Multiples, like print editions, are more affordable forms of artwork than a one-offs like a painting.
I’ll definitely be showing sneak peeks and works-in-progress on my social media channels, so keep your eye out there! Especially Instagram where you'll find me at @kimleekho.
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Have you ever bought original artwork (includes editions or multiples), or do you have a collection? If so, what inspired/inspires you to make the purchase and take it home (or office, or give to someone)? Was it a feeling, was there a sense of recognition, or something else?
I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
As a visual artist I like nothing more than getting up to my elbows in paint or little plastic toys, or wading in at the deep end in pursuit of an idea. When I am not teaching others in a similar vein, you can find me researching, writing and noodling around in my studio, seeing where my latest lines of inquiry lead me.
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