Nashville, Tennessee
Contemporary Art Gallery

237 Rep. John Lewis Way N. 37219
Tuesday–Saturday 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.







Carol Prusa & Sky Kim | Mapping Out the Matrix

September 27 - October 25, 2014
Opening Reception: October 4th, 6 to 9 pm

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present Mapping Out the Matrix, a two-person exhibition featuring new work by Carol Prusa and Sky Kim. Charmed by how physicists think, Carol Prusa's current work speaks to multiple universes and possibility. Prusa's constructed domes are provocative symbols that invoke the idea of the universe and physical objects that allude to real-life structures. In her  "canopies," she explores a number of mathematical models that physicists developed to explain our universe. The mathematics of Prusa's expressed geometries offer a spiritual force that organizes structures from the microscopic to the political. Here, geometry isn't simply abstract but creates a real world, sustained by its own logic. Prusa's new three-dimensional pieces consist of acrylic hemispheres ranging from bowl-sized to three feet in diameter, articulated with silverpoint drawing and graphite on the convex illuminated surfaces, punctuated by patterns of light. In the rear gallery, Prusa's two dimensional work comes to life with a dramatic installation featuring a twenty foot long yupo paper scroll adorned with her signature silverpoint drawings. To realize the startling phenomena that shape our everyday world, Prusa also incorporates digital projection and video technology in certain pieces. Like scientists and mathematicians who model emergent behavior, Prusa yearns to create a radical vision, one that takes into account the chaotic interactions that are central to formation of the universe.

Similarly inspired by structure, geometry, and the idea of "multiple universes" Sky Kim's meticulous, labor-intensive watercolor paintings/drawings are at once abstract, anatomical, spiritual and sensual.  There's a constant tug of war embedded in the organic undulations of Kim's work. The shapes are comforting, yet dizzying; fluid, yet stagnant; organic, yet abstract; delicate, yet obsessive. Kim records her personal time, space and raw emotions in each moment of creation. Her inspiration comes from her philosophical belief in "reincarnation" and the realization that through numerous lives, we complete our life cycle and become spiritually advanced. As a result, Kim began to use the repetition of circles and wiggly lines to create patterns that represent the wheel of life-the reincarnation, inspired by the circle as an absolute form that can be found in nature. Each circle in Kim's work contains energy which allows a being to consistently evolve into a complete form of nature. The ability to see and hear depends upon the detection of energy traveling at different wavelengths of vibration. Vision and sound are the products of atomic particles in space colliding with one another and emitting patterns of energy. Kim simply captures these patterns of energy-the residue of her vibration in her work. According to Kim, "Everything around us, about us, among us, within us, and between us is made of atoms and molecules vibrating in space. Although we define our self as solid, we are made of trillions of cells, gallons of water and ultimately everything about us exists in a constant and dynamic state of activity and movement in the name of evolving process."

Represented by galleries across North America as well as Taiwan, Carol Prusa exhibits widely in museums and curated exhibitions. Her work has been supported by fellowships including the Howard Foundation and South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowships. Her work is in numerous museum collections including the Perez Museum of Art, Spencer Museum of Art, Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale, Hunter Museum of American Art and Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. Recently, Prusa completed a four-month funded Artist in Industry residency at Kohler Company.  Prusa lives in South Florida and is a Professor of Art at Florida Atlantic University.

Sky Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and received a Master's Degree in Painting at Pratt Institute in New York. She is a recipient of the National Museum of Contemporary Art's National Korean Art Competition Award and a Pratt Institute Art Grant. She has exhibited in galleries, museums and art fairs throughout the U.S. and Korea, including the DUMBO Arts Festival, Gwangju Biennale, MOCA DC and Governors Island Art Fair. Her work has been reviewed in The Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Korea Herald, Artlog and The Korea Daily and on WMBCTV.