Elegant and ethereal, floating forms fill the space, combining the materiality of twisted wire and beads, crystals, and pearls with the ephemeral qualities of light and shadow. There is a sense of poetry, cathartic release, and peaceful movement in the stillness of KeySook Geum’s works. Life-sized sculptures of dresses, qipaos, and other forms of fashion hover suspended in the air or draw from the walls, solid yet weightless. Their quietness and glamour display a marked femininity and feminism, a mixture of strength and transparency, wire and light.
Art+ Shanghai Gallery’s winter 2014 exhibition Wire and Light: An Exhibition of Sculptures by KeySook Geum is Korean artist KeySook Geum’s first exhibition in Shanghai. Featuring a range of her life-sized fashion art sculptures, Wire and Light is visual poetry of delicate ‘lace’ and flowing ‘fabric’ meticulously constructed from twisted wire and beads. Geum’s sculptures display a fusion of Asian and Western aesthetics, traditional and functional forms, and contemporary flair, displaying a sense of romanticism with fairytale-like glamor. Often taking the form of female garments, her works transform our preconceived notions of fashion into dramatic statements. There is a thoughtful eloquence to her work that entices viewers to step close, to linger, and to marvel at the wire and light.