Agora Gallery

Kristin Sue Kim

Collective exhibition

September 5 – September 26, 2023

Reception: Thursday, September 7, 2023, 6-8 PM

Korean-American artist Kristin Sue Kim is a visionary painter whose works transcend the boundaries of reality and delve into the depths of dreams and perceptions. Drawing inspiration from both the conscious and subconscious realms, Kim weaves emotional experiences into a rich symbolic language, incorporating elements from religious and cultural references.

Having resided in various parts of the world, Kim brings a global perspective to her art, often incorporating architectural and landscape elements from her travels. Each stroke of the brush reveals hidden treasures within the paintings, evoking memories of joy, hope, dreams, and love, while simultaneously acknowledging the transformative power of sadness and suffering.

Among Kim’s notable creations is the angel puzzle design, inspired by the enchanting imagery of snow angels. This design holds a special significance as it draws inspiration from her youngest son, who is autistic and finds solace in making snow angels. In these artworks, water drops symbolize the isolation experienced by autistic children, while other elements such as marbles, silver balls, beads, and pearls represent lonely souls estranged from society.

With a deep understanding of the human experience and an ever-growing appreciation for the beauty of life, Kim offers her art as a channel for healing, aiming to illuminate the dark corners of people’s hearts.

Stupid Love

February online exhibition: Stupid Love

Ah, love…Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, we want to celebrate love in all of its beautiful and imperfect forms: lovers’ love, pet love, maternal love, brotherly love, impossible love, friends’ love, love gone wrong. Named after Solon Marcel’s homonymous painting, Stupid Love features paintings and three-dimensional works that explore this powerful sentiment in all human and non-human facets. 

The artists, each bringing a unique perspective, skillfully navigate the complexities of love, through its myriad manifestations, albeit fallible. The artworks serve as a visual journey, offering viewers an opportunity to reflect on their own experiences. Whatever kind of love you are experiencing right now, we acknowledge the sanctity of the most primordial feeling in the history of humankind, with open vulnerability and at times a bit of humor.