The eleventh artist featured in our current exhibition – London Bridge OPEN 2 Boundaries – is Kim Youdan.
London Bridge Hotel is a former telephone exchange built in 1916 which is now surrounded by the equally stunning and evolving architecture of London Bridge. To reflect this contrast of historical and modern existing side-by-side, London Bridge Hotel’s General Manager, Julio Marques, has curated an exhibition which includes 20 different approaches to architecture using a myriad of methods including wood carving, oil paint on concrete, illustration, London’s pubs re-imagined, screen printing and painting on silk. The theme of the exhibit coincided with The London Festival of Architecture this summer.
Fast February 2017
Monochrome Photography and Acrylic Ink on handmade Japanese Washi paper, framed in non-reflective exhibition grade glass
Framed size 53.34cm x 64cm
Artwork size 33.02cm x 43.18cm
“Combining high contrast monochrome imagery with abstract colour is central to my creative practice. By documenting my surroundings and expressing myself through energy and experience, I create bold work inspired by the places I visit.
“I want to invite people to think about how their environment can enable creativity in their own lives. I’d like to encourage people to travel and experience culture, to see more and create more.
I visited Japan in 2017, it was like nowhere I’d ever been. The careful consideration of colour in the Japanese culture and the changing landscape were two impactful experiences that I wanted to explore through this body of work.
“In this piece ‘Fast February’ I combine a slow shutter image of the Shibuya crossing in Tokyo adding a seasonal colour palette representing the carefully considered design of traditional Japanese kimono, a symbolic part of Japan known worldwide”.
London Bridge OPEN 2 – Over 100 artists submitted work for consideration for London Bridge OPEN 2 with 17 chosen for this second exhibit. OPEN 2 artworks are displayed throughout the public areas of the hotel and its adjoining Quarter Bar & Lounge, allowing potential buyers the opportunity to see an artwork in an environment more akin to a contemporary home. All OPEN art works can be purchased and the exhibition runs until December 2019.
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