Juror’s statement

This year’s jury selected New York-based artist Jena H. Kim for the 2004 KAFA Award. Kim’s abstract compositions feature geometric shapes and lines in invented spaces, the artist’s attempt to capture multiple perspectives of a three-dimensional space. Through paintings and interventions in existing architecture, Kim explores the interaction of landscape and the constructed environment. Trained as a painter, Kim’s works often feature adhesive materials such as contact paper, tape, and vinyl, as well as marker applied directly on walls. Her playfully diagrammatic markings rendered in a readymade, flat palette explore space and surface, abstraction and gesture.

Howard N. Fox, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Eungie Joo, Director & Curator, Gallery at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/ CalArts Theater)

David Pagel, Art Critic, Los Angeles Times, writer and curator


Kim received her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art and Science in New York and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale School of Art in New Haven. She was born in Busan, South Korea, in 1973.

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