Jin Soo Kim: roll – run – hit – run – roll – tick –

Jin Soo Kim (b. 1950)
roll – run – hit – run – roll – tick - , 2002-2004
Steel tunnels and audio components
8 tunnels, each 10” x 8” x 102”
Northern Illinois University Art Museum
Gallery in Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Photo: Tom Van Eynde

(August 25 – October 6, 2005)

Jin Soo Kim’s roll – run – hit – run – roll – tick – is an installation that emphasizes the physical and psychological nature of travel, experience and memory, and is, in part, a continuation of two prior works: her tracks from 1999 and her 2001 piece, roll – run – hit – run – roll.  This intriguing exhibition consists of eight 10-inch by 8-inch by 102-inch fabricated steel tunnels that emit layered sounds of ticking clocks, breaking light bulbs and clanging plates from railroad tracks – sounds that are quiet and seemingly hidden, yet discernable.  This installation illustrates Kim’s interest in addressing themes serially, often repeating and reinventing portions of past installations to create works of art that both exist in the present and reference the past.  As the title roll – run – hit – run – roll – tick – suggests, with its final hanging hyphen, this project may indeed enjoy additional reincarnations in Kim’s work.

Along with Kim’s own work, a selection of sculptures from Vanderbilt’s permanent collection will also be on display, all specifically chosen by the artist to be shown as an integral component of her own installation.  Using the human form as the initial criterion for selection, Kim intends to “play” the works from Vanderbilt’s collection off her work of art.  By choosing discrete works from the history of both Eastern and Western art, Kim will attempt to illustrate inherent connections that often link the world’s cultures and time periods.