Bumin Kim: Coalescence

October 24 - November 28 — Dallas, TX

Where: Ro2 Art | The Cedars
1501 S Ervay St. Dallas, TX 75215
When: October 24 – November 28, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday October 24, 12-5 PM
Limited Entry: FREE tickets via EventBrite

Dallas, October 2020 – Ro2 Art is proud to present Coalescence, a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Bumin Kim. The show will run from October 24 through November 28, 2020. The exhibition will open with an artist reception at Ro2 Art in The Cedars located at 1501 S Ervay St. Dallas, TX 75215 and will take place from 12-5 PM. Attendance to the reception will be limited to groups no larger than ten over 20 minute intervals – Reservations available via EventBrite:

Bumin Kim continues her exploration on the nature of the line in her newest exhibition, Coalescence. The artist is inspired by the manner in which natural scenes in everyday life and memories can change in color, texture, and form through the progression of time and seasons. Capturing the vibrational energy of texture and playing on the shimmering illusions manifested by the collection of lines en masse, Kim’s work emphasizes a personification of painting. Brush strokes become thread and string, and the flat surface is liberated to breathe into three-dimensional space. In Coalescence, shattered memories and separated entities culminate together to form something altogether whole, and new.

Artist Statement
This body of work is a showcase of questions; an approach towards the idea of painting in the expanded field. Kim explores the nature of line, and the potential held therein, to push the boundaries between the two-dimensional surface and three-dimensional space. The thin, long lines of thread present a visual translation of brush marks. Thread and string are synonymous with the actions of weaving and stitching, both for utilitarian purposes, and to serve as metaphor, for the joining of two separate entities with efforts to repair what once was, or with the intent of becoming something other, whole and new.

The transformative power of materiality is at play in these works, and Kim has repurposed the context of thread, to emphasize the energy, delicacy, and grace of painting. Both the weight of line as thin and singular, and the collection of lines en masse as solid form, are sensitive tools found in Kim’s repertoire.

My inspirations come from natural scenes that are everywhere in daily life and in memories. I explore the sceneries learning how they change naturally in color, texture, and form with each change in weather and seasons, days and nights. Nature has powerful energies, carrying with them a lot of information and feels.

These works shift, undulate, and pulse into our space, promulgating themselves as entities emancipated from the confines of flatland, and now poised, vibrating, just above the surface. Painting has been personified, and is no longer limited to the index of the hand, or the illusion of the flat surface. It is an echo of a once sorrowful song, who’s voice is present, tender, and alive.

For this exhibition, Coalescence, the effort in accumulating shattered memories to put into one canvas plays an important role. Bumin Kim engages with vibrational affections from the visualized textures that the physicality of material gives, and pleasant-tensional illusions from color transitions.

About The Artist
Originally from Korea, Bumin Kim received her MFA in drawing and painting in 2015 from the University of North Texas and remains in North Texas as an active member of the contemporary art community. In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Texas, she has been featured at the Dallas Art Fair and Art Aspen. Her work is included in both public and private collections in Texas and throughout the United States and Europe. Bumin Kim is represented by Ro2 Art in Dallas.

About Ro2 Art
Ro2 Art, a contemporary fine art gallery located in The Cedars Neighborhood near Downtown Dallas, represents a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists – many with ties to the North Texas Region. The gallery, founded in 2010 by mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth, regularly collaborates with organizations such as The MAC and Cedars Union and maintains an exhibition program within the Magnolia Theatre at West Village and other satellite venues. Ro2 Art has been named Dallas Observer’s “Best Art Gallery” and was presented with the 25th Annual Obelisk Award for small business by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts. The gallery’s art fair program has included the Dallas Art Fair, Texas Contemporary, and Art Aspen.

All works will be on view October 24 – November 28, 2020. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, October 24, 12-5 PM at Ro2 Art, located at 1501 S Ervay St. Dallas, TX 75215. For more information, visit, or call Jordan Roth at (214) 803-9575. Free tickets are available via Eventbrite:

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