Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Saturday, March 28, 2009

7+FIG Art Space Location

7+FIG Art Space
735 S Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Located inside the 7+FIG Shopping Center

Building Paradise
April 10 - May 29, 2009
M-F 12-4PM

Parking is available in the Parking Building located between 7th & 8th Streets.
Take the 7th Street side elevator to the 8th level and walk down to the shopping center rotunda. Take the elevator or escalator to M2 Level.
The 7+FIG Art Space is located on the M2 Level.

Friday, March 27, 2009

“Building Paradise”

In “Building Paradise”, five individual artists and five collaborative teams explore the notion of utopia and building of paradise. Six of the ten works presented in the exhibit were created for the exhibit in response to the title, and four works are existing works that deal with the themes of ideal world and utopia. The works presented in the exhibit range from photography, photo-mural, video, animation, architectural proposal, installations, and performance.

The works in the exhibit can be loosely divided into three sub-themes; utopia building and future, examination of history in relationship to utopian visions, and fantastical and whimsical reverie. The specific ideas presented in the individual works range wide, from “Flower and Fruit Mountain” from Tang Dynasty Chinese mythology, an operatic video of a novice in an imaginary brotherhood set in medieval setting, colonial and economic relationships between various countries told as animated narratives, to architectural proposal for envisioning Hollywood in the year 2100. Through these diverse narratives, the artists in “Building Paradise” explore the fantastical, optimistic and whimsical imaginary world as well as examine the idea of utopia building in reality.

Kyungmi Shin


Building Paradise is presented by arts>Brookfield Properties and sponsored by Brookfield Properties. All presentation are in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Brookfield Properties brings life to its public spaces through an internationally acclaimed visual and performing arts program. We also fulfill our commitment to local artists and performers by commissioning original works and presenting art forms in new and unusual spaces.

Kyungmi Shin Bio

Kyungmi Shin is an installation artist and curator based in Los Angeles. She studied painting at San Francisco Art Insititute and received MFA in sculpture and installation at UC Berkeley. She has exhibited widely including Sonje Museum in Korea, Southern Exposure in San Francisco, Asian American Art Center in New York, Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, and Berkeley Art Museum. She is a recipient of California Community Foundation grant, Artist in Residence grant from the city of LA, and Individual Artist Grant from city of Pasadena. She is currently working on a solo installation, “Babel: Melancholy of Chaos”, scheduled to open in July at Nichols Gallery at the Pitzer College, Pomona.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact the curator, Kyungmi Shin,