HEARTSPACE | Kim-Lee Kho | The Red Head Gallery
Heartspace is my first solo exhibition at The Red Head Gallery in Toronto, October 30 through November 23, 2019. It includes a combination of recent and new artworks examining states, structures, metaphor, meaning and connections of the human heart.
This page will continue to be updated throughout the run of the exhibition.
Paintings above, from left to right:
Each is 60" x 40", acrylic on canvas, 2019.
All are available.
OCTOBER 30 TO NOVEMBER 23, 2019
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*.
*Now delayed until after the exhibition.
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 (a multimedia piece)
When I upload a photo of the whole piece installed it will be more informative, but I can describe it by saying there is a pile of works on paper on the floor. They are colourful digital prints of varied imagery, letter sized (11" x 8.5") or close to it, onto most of which I have done mixed media layers, some are image transfers or monotypes in paint, painting or drawing.
Above the pile is an HDTV with a "choreographed" slideshow, presenting pairs and singles of the works in the pile – it can be hard to see those images since they overlap in the pile.
I am offering each work on paper for sale at affordable prices, although if you are interested in the entire pile, with or without the video component, please get in touch.
More to come!