Artist Carole Kim’s Multimedia Exhibition Casts a Fresh Eye on Descanso Gardens


After a year-long residency at Descanso Gardens, artist Carole Kim shares her visual journey with the public in Shine a Light, a multimedia exhibition at Descanso’s Sturt Haaga Gallery July 15-October 27. The artist’s showcase takes the form of digital metal prints, micro video projections, window treatments, and a multimedia installation.

Over the course of the exhibition, Kim will present site-specific installations in different locations within the gardens featuring video projection onto landscape, live music, and dance.

Kim says she was particularly inspired by the way the landscape changes “from day-to-day, month-to-month, season-to-season,” as well as by her interactions with the Descanso community. “Through conversations with a variety of people … different spots in the garden have taken on entirely new meaning and associations,” she says.

During her residency, Kim photographed the gardens with a variety of lenses, including macro, wide-angle and infrared, to capture the constantly changing colors, forms and textures. She then made scale fragments recombined to create an entirely different kind of landscape.

“I’ve devoted the last 20 years to pulling the moving image off the cinematic screen and having it take on spatial and sculptural form,” says Kim, who originally experimented with using landscape as a canvas for video projection in people’s backyards and Joshua Tree National Park. “In my more recent work, I have turned directly to nature and landscape as a canvas for video projection. My residency at Descanso is a direct extension of this area of research. I could not have asked for a more perfect fit for a laboratory for my work at present.”

Images: Courtesy Descanso Gardens

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