Hyo Myoung Kim: Artist Interview

Artist Interview with Hyo Myoung Kim via Aaryn West

I had the pleasure of meeting Hyo Myoung Kim several years ago, as he and my husband were once students of photography together in London. Even then his work had a heavy lean toward the digital, but it’s been incredible to see his art evolve over time, focusing even more heavily on digital mediums and a fascination with color. One of his most simple-looking pieces, 1001 Nights, is actually 1001 night photographs superimposed together, blending to create one single image. On the more detailed end of things you have collections like Fingered and Nightmare for Malevitch 36000, which remind me of the beautiful digital chaos that designers like Basso & Brooke are so famous for.

We asked Hyo Myoung if he would spare a few minutes to open up with us by answering the six questions we like to ask artists, and he graciously complied. Check out our interview with him below, and be sure to head over to his portfolio to a ton of other work, including this gem just for any literary nerds out there.

Artist Interview with Hyo Myoung Kim via Aaryn West
Artist Interview with Hyo Myoung Kim via Aaryn West
Artist Interview with Hyo Myoung Kim via Aaryn West
Artist Interview with Hyo Myoung Kim via Aaryn West
Artist Interview with Hyo Myoung Kim via Aaryn West
Artist Interview with Hyo Myoung Kim via Aaryn West

Aaryn West: Where do you like to find inspiration?
Hyo Myoung Kim: Looking at a lot of images in relation to the work I am making, e.g., Google image search results.

AW: Describe your style in three words.
HMK: Repetition, difference and randomness.

AW: Do you have a favorite medium or theme you like to follow within your personal work?
HMK: Instead of flying cars and manned space exploration, I only see iterations of the future as possible outcomes of the proverbial dices thrown by the networked reality, structured by the internet, based on the building blocks of text, image, video and sound. This is in the back of my mind.

AW: If you could choose any designer or artist to collaborate with, who would it be and why?
HMK: Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor, the directors of the Crank series and Gamer. There is so much care-free visual energy in their films. The clash of their style and my style would create something more nauseatingly energetic.

AW: What do you like to do to unwind when you need a break from work?
HMK: Walk by the stream near home, away from the computer. {map provided!}

AW: If you won the lottery today, would your job, your art, or the process you use change in any way?
HMK: This question gives me instant thoughts on a shopping list for a larger-scale art production:
– Thompson’s Viper FilmStream Camera ($170,000)
Michael Mann used this Digital HD camera to shoot Miami Vice. It has very good low light performance. It changed the shooting habit for low light action.
– Render farm for 3D rendering (Approx. $100,000 worth of equipment to start with)
Rendering on one computer takes days and weeks. I want instant render results for rapid production.
– Space for render farm computers (Varies: $200,000)
I wouldn’t want to stay near the hot and noisy computers.
– Very good all-round programmer/software engineer (Salary: $50,000)
This person will make my ideas happen, and I won’t have to search for solutions online.
– Color 3D printer (something like ZPrinter 850. $ 50,000?)
Go all out, print 3D things.

Artist Interview with Hyo Myoung Kim via Aaryn West
Artist Interview with Hyo Myoung Kim via Aaryn West
Artist Interview with Hyo Myoung Kim via Aaryn West
Artist Interview with Hyo Myoung Kim via Aaryn West
Artist Interview with Hyo Myoung Kim via Aaryn West
Artist Interview with Hyo Myoung Kim via Aaryn West
Artist Interview with Hyo Myoung Kim via Aaryn West
Artist Interview with Hyo Myoung Kim via Aaryn West

All images courtesy Hyo Myoung Kim.

 

Posted by:  aaryn
In:  Interviews
01 Sep 2012