DUST IN ME

by Hyeyoung Kim

These photographs are images of dust floating in and out of the sunbeams in a very old Austrian attic. One winter while exploring my sister’s very old Austrian house, I ventured into the large, dark, and forgotten attic. As my eyes adjusted, I was immediately mesmerized by the particles floating in and out of a sunbeam coming from a tiny window. I was reminded how we all originated from cosmic dust and will be eventually return to that state. I imagined how the dust captured and held in this old attic dating back to the 1500’s might once have been a part of another person’s body and life history. I returned many times to photograph the dust in motion. I wanted to illustrate the relationship between the floating dust and ideas of conception, life, and death. I wanted to capture the movement and liveliness of this cycle on a basic and intimate level. The experience reminded me that I myself am a part of this cycle and must eventually return to dust.

These photographs are images of dust floating in and out of the sunbeams in a very old Austrian attic.

One winter while exploring my sister’s very old Austrian house, I ventured into the large, dark, and forgotten attic. As my eyes adjusted, I was immediately mesmerized by the particles floating in and out of a sunbeam coming from a tiny window. I was reminded how we all originated from cosmic dust and will be eventually return to that state.

I imagined how the dust captured and held in this old attic dating back to the 1500’s might once have been a part of another person’s body and life history. I returned many times to photograph the dust in motion. I wanted to illustrate the relationship between the floating dust and ideas of conception, life, and death. I wanted to capture the movement and liveliness of this cycle on a basic and intimate level. The experience reminded me that I myself am a part of this cycle and must eventually return to dust.

INSIDE THE OUTSIDER

by Arlo Keo Valera & Hyeyoung Kim

We all create stories about ourselves that help to define who we are in this world.   In this series we attempt to tell some of these inner stories by creating fictional characters and environments to photograph.  Our characters are pulled and stitched together from scraps of old fabric, newspaper,  wire, and old forgotten toys. They live in worlds made of old cardboard boxes, duct tape and light. 

We all create stories about ourselves that help to define who we are in this world.   In this series we attempt to tell some of these inner stories by creating fictional characters and environments to photograph.  Our characters are pulled and stitched together from scraps of old fabric, newspaper,  wire, and old forgotten toys. They live in worlds made of old cardboard boxes, duct tape and light. 

 

WANDERING

by Hyeyoung Kim 

WANDERING  is a collection of black and white photographs shot at various locations.  It is an attempt to maintain an open view of the world while noticing subtle surroundings and quiet moments.

WANDERING  is a collection of black and white photographs shot at various locations.  It is an attempt to maintain an open view of the world while noticing subtle surroundings and quiet moments.

 

THE FIGMENTS

by Arlo Keo Valera 

I call each of the works in this series a "figment" which comes from the expression  "A figment of one’s imagination".  They are a collection of black and white works created by finding meaningful imagery in random ink blots on paper. When I begin a figment, I have no idea what the result is going to be. I make many random inkblots on paper until one gives me inspiration. My ideas and feelings about the piece change as i continue to draw on it.  At some point I decide it is finished.  I enlarge the final imagery into paintings using latex or encaustic wax medium on wood panels.  On occasion I make them into murals.

I call each of the works in this series a "figment" which comes from the expression  "A figment of one’s imagination".  They are a collection of black and white works created by finding meaningful imagery in random ink blots on paper.

When I begin a figment, I have no idea what the result is going to be. I make many random inkblots on paper until one gives me inspiration. My ideas and feelings about the piece change as i continue to draw on it.  At some point I decide it is finished.  I enlarge the final imagery into paintings using latex or encaustic wax medium on wood panels.  On occasion I make them into murals.

 

FALL IN THE POOL

By Hyeyoung Kim

On the verge of winter I discovered an unfinished outdoor swimming pool.  I was fascinated by the reflections I could see on the water's surface and it's relationship to what  I could also see beneath the surface.  Over a period of several weeks I returned to photograph the pool.  The result is a series of  straight photographs matched together like a puzzle.

On the verge of winter I discovered an unfinished outdoor swimming pool.  I was fascinated by the reflections I could see on the water's surface and it's relationship to what  I could also see beneath the surface.  Over a period of several weeks I returned to photograph the pool.  The result is a series of  straight photographs matched together like a puzzle.

THE SLOW EYE

by Arlo Keo Valera

  This is an ongoing series of travel photographs I have made over the past fifteen years.  The images in this series were made using variety of home made pinhole cameras.  The long exposures needed to make these images create something less like a quick travel snapshot and more like a soft  impression of the place I am visiting.  I like to imagine that each of my pinhole cameras has a tiny eye that uses light to slowly burn an image onto the film.  

 

This is an ongoing series of travel photographs I have made over the past fifteen years.  The images in this series were made using variety of home made pinhole cameras.  The long exposures needed to make these images create something less like a quick travel snapshot and more like a soft  impression of the place I am visiting.  I like to imagine that each of my pinhole cameras has a tiny eye that uses light to slowly burn an image onto the film.  

NURTURED BY NATURE

by Hyeyoung Kim

*Broken Ridge BuddhistTemple, Palolo Valley, HI. Nurtured by nature is a mixed media project to illustrate how time and nature bring change.  One day, while visiting  a small Buddhist temple, I found a collection of  a thousand  miniature Bodhisattva statues were sitting outside, row after row.  I imagined these stone idols of the Bodhisattva as they began life many years ago, each in more or less the same color, size, shape, and expression as it’s neighbor.  I realized that they were all created many years ago from a single ideal to convey that perfect expression of peace, serenity and enlightenment and nothing else.  When I see them as they are today, I realize that something has happened.  They have acquired imperfections on their faces and bodies from nature and time.  I see other emotions sitting on top of their expressions of peace, serenity, and enlightenment.  I now see these stone idols as individuals expressing other emotions like sadness, pleasure, jealousy, joy, suffering, playfulness, regrets, anger, disappointment etc.  They remind me of people I know in my own life.

*Broken Ridge BuddhistTemple, Palolo Valley, HI.

Nurtured by nature is a mixed media project to illustrate how time and nature bring change. 

One day, while visiting  a small Buddhist temple, I found a collection of  a thousand  miniature Bodhisattva statues were sitting outside, row after row.  I imagined these stone idols of the Bodhisattva as they began life many years ago, each in more or less the same color, size, shape, and expression as it’s neighbor.  I realized that they were all created many years ago from a single ideal to convey that perfect expression of peace, serenity and enlightenment and nothing else.

 When I see them as they are today, I realize that something has happened.  They have acquired imperfections on their faces and bodies from nature and time.  I see other emotions sitting on top of their expressions of peace, serenity, and enlightenment.  I now see these stone idols as individuals expressing other emotions like sadness, pleasure, jealousy, joy, suffering, playfulness, regrets, anger, disappointment etc.  They remind me of people I know in my own life.