HEARTSPACE | Kim-Lee Kho | The Red Head Gallery
Heartspace was my first solo exhibition at The Red Head Gallery, Toronto, in November of 2019. It included a combination of recent and new artworks examining states, structures, metaphor, meaning and connections of the human heart.
This page is still being updated periodically even though the show is over.
Paintings above, from left to right:
Each is 60" x 40", acrylic on canvas, 2019.
All are available.
Downloadable copy of my Heartspace artist statement and biography:
Heartspaces are not tidy.
They are bloody and muscular and visceral. They throb with the rhythm of our life. As their chambers squeeze, then fill, they experience high and low tides in the space of a single beat.
Being human is not tidy. We are born from blood and viscera and the scream that gives us breath, while our deaths set in motion a rapid decay.
From beginning to end there is so much mess, in our lives, our psyches, our hearts, and our flawed selves. And yet there is so much opportunity for beauty, love, and connection.
We are an interconnected web, hidden, like the vast underground network that makes a forest. And like a forest, if we separate into smaller, divided sections, we all do more poorly.
In this show I am interested in the visceral and emotional experience of our human hearts, of the life and connections we can find inside, outside and between our heartspaces.
Heartspace is part of my ongoing exploration of the human heart: as repository for emotions, as metaphor, as physical structure; using it as a gateway to what our hearts mean to us.
The work began with my fascination for three-dimensional medical models and antique anatomical illustrations on the one hand, and on the other with a stirring of emotion, which moved my hand to draw as a way of contemplating subject matter.
Heartspace explores these ideas in multiple media: drawing, painting, text, photography, digital, fibre, mixed media, film-based transfer prints, sculpture and my first zine*.
*Delayed until after the exhibition, still in-progress.
For more installation views and other photographs, please visit my Flickr page: click here.
8x8 Paintings & Lightboxes
An experimental grouping of paintings and light boxes, each 8" x 8" in size. The lightbox imagery is the 'Biological' series of close-up photographs of portions of paintings, resembling microscopic or medical imaging views of internal tissues and cells.
Captions will be completed soon!
Two lightboxes and five paintings are still available. Contact me for details.
Click on a thumbnail to begin.
'Interior Life' Photographic Series
Startlingly warm and luminous, Interior Life is a new abstract photo series making its debut in Heartspace, along with many other new pieces.
Click on one of the thumbnails and you'll be able to navigate through full images captioned with titles, including a shot of all eight framed photos that are hanging in the show. There are a few more images in the series not shown here.
Printed in editions of 15 on beautifully smooth, matte, acid-free hot press paper, 16” x 13”, printed edge-to-edge, using professional pigment-based inks. Accessibly priced at $100 unframed or $190 as framed in white (see installation photo); shipping is extra.
If you’re interested or have any questions, click below to go directly to the contact form.
Hearts, Piling Up
Each work on paper is for sale at affordable prices, just contact me for details.
If you are interested in the entire pile, with or without the video component, please get in touch.