Balloon Tree floats above the audience with a crown of red balloons clustered around the branches of a young tree with roots. Through an intimate dialogue and being attentive to the whispers between all things, MyeongBeom Kim wishes to contemplate on how objects around us are remembered. Using diverse media, he tries to show in concrete ways what each of these things mean to him. The strange fusion of the daily entities, which are familiar, alike, or insignificant, could present us with a revived meaning. MyeongBeom Kim wants to pay attention to the new stories and the vital energy created from this intersection as a result of a new combination, rather than to be construed as focusing merely on the combining of the artificial and the natural or life and death.
Myeongbeom Kim was born in Busan, South Korea, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Seoul where he studied environmental sculpture, and then received an M.F.A. in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has had many solo exhibitions including, “Breath”, at Thomas Masters Gallery in Chicago, his relay exhibition, “One”, at Doosan Gallery in New York City and Seoul, and many solo group exhibitions, such as at the New Jersey Sculpture Center, Paris, the UK, Switzerland, Rome, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brussels, Montpellier, Puerto Rico, Daegu, and Busan.