Soft and Wet
March 3rd – 24th
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3rd, 6-10pm.
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Perspective, honesty, and lack of filter reflects on Sandy Kim’s feelings on the surreal microcosm of her life. A life where friends, lovers, and enemies are bound together by the rope of sex, a life where relationships come and go, where friends become lovers who become ex-lovers then enemies and finally friends again. A life where heartbreak is never forever, and lust can break or make relationships. For her second solo show at Ever Gold Gallery, Kim acts as a cartographer mapping out the sex degrees of separation that connect us all. The images she captures define the beauty and the ugliness of this incestuous cycle. This network of sex transcends all outdated ideas of social factions, bringing punks, musicians, fashionistas, hipsters, west coast, east coast, artists, yuppies, skaters, gay, straight, the old and the young together. In bed.
Kim’s work invokes historical references specifically Cindy Sherman’s early self-portraiture with a mix of classical American street photography emulating the likes of Larry Clark but instead of heroine junkies, there is a very candid approach and overall shocking look into the depths of the SF and NYC youth.
Kim has also switched the idea of the “female gaze” and redirected it upon “cute long-haired nude or near-nude boys lying on dirty couches in classical repose” according to Ryan McGinley, who also goes on to praise her work, “I like how she still shoots film. It’s old school. She reminds me of when I was young – out partying every night, snapping away so that the pictures can provide evidence of the night.”
Some of Kim’s recent photo clients include Vice Magazine, Fader Magazine, Bullet Magazine, L Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Nike, Jive Records and EMI music.
A large frame, full color catalogue will be released at the opening reception as a limited edition. This catalogue, which contains work from the show as well as work from some of Kim’s recent projects, is collaboration between Unpiano Books, Ever Gold Gallery, and the artist.
“I met Sandy Kim recently at the Pitchfork festival in chicago. She’s a cute little Asian girl with an angel face and a naughty side. We were hanging out with the bands GIRLS and the Smith Westerns (the drummer is Sandy’s boyfriend) and Sandy was snapping away throughout the night.
I kept hearing about how great her work was from all of my interns and assistants. She’s the real deal. Sandy is a confessional photographer with a thing for body fluids, especially those of her boyfriend Colby’s—a photo of cum on her chest just after having sex, a grisly scene of post-period sex and a blood-covered penis. Sometimes it’s hardcore like that and sometimes it’s pure beauty. She often photographs cute long-haired nude or near-nude boys lying on dirty couches in classical repose. I love her photos of her boyfriend and her sexy self-portraits. She’s also toured with the band GIRLS many times and some of my favorite photos of them are by her. Photos of the band sleeping in vans of piled into a motel room or backstage.
She really knows how to use natural light, like early morning light, or sunset light in an apartment. She pays attention to it and that’s always the sign of a good photographer, knowing when and how to use that light. She’s small, a fly on the wall, with balls to pick up her arm and take the photo without asking permission. Sandy brings her camera everywhere and she’s always ready and waiting for the moment. She documents her life in San Francisco and you get a sense of the scene there–but not in a blogger way, Sandy is actually talented – an artist. I like how she still shoots film. it’s old school. She reminds me of when I was young – out partying every night, snapping away so that the pictures can provide evidence of the night.”
Special limited edition show catalogue co published by Unpiano Books and Ever Gold Gallery to be released at the opening reception.
For pre-orders please email Ever Gold