Born in 1958 in Daegu, South Korea, Moon-Pil Shim graduated from the School of Fine Arts at Young-Nam University (South Korea). Moon-Pil Shim lives and works in Paris, France.
The artist's approach alternates between colored linearity and the entanglement of colored fields. The parallelism of the lines allows kinetic effects to appear through the transparent plexiglass, or, in his most recent works, through translucent plexiglass. The colors spread uniformly and smoothly and are most often crossed by one or more colored lines, which are traced with a box-cutter and then filled in with a different color. Sometimes accidental traces are deliberately preserved in order to avoid an approach to drawing which would be too mechanical.
The lines, spaced or close together, cut and modulate the flat surface, creating a rhythm in the relationship of colors and spaces. They add a dynamic element to the stability of the colored rectangular spaces. What strikes the viewer most at the outset is the oscillation between transparency, sharpness, solid lines, colored lines and the plexiglass. The milky, atmospheric presence of the white background, on the other hand, creates an imprecise, distant, mysterious depth that draws our gaze towards a space in recess.
Presented by Art'Loft/Lee-Bauwens Gallery