Congratulations to Terry Ryu Kim who was announced as the winner of The Catlin Art Prize 2013 Last Night.
1. If you weren’t an artist, what else would you be?
A surgeon or professional scuba diver.
2. Can you tell us more about your work and what are the main ideas you would like to express?
I have always been interested in liminal, functional zones in interiors. My work takes cues from architectural structures and industrial manufacturing processes from public space such as airports, hospitals and public transportation. I also use non tangible structures in these spaces such as facial recognition programs used in airports and reprogram them to expose the system of technology, engineering and economies of these spaces. These elements are then exaggerated to make a performative space, where the viewer becomes the work.
3. How do you start the process of making work?
As most of my work is installation based, it usually starts with searching for a space to show. Once I have a space in mind I sit in front of my desktop and make 3D models of the space, and start designing the pieces in 3D first. A lot of the design changes in the making process due to availability of certain materials I have in mind and the time frame given.
4. Do you consider the viewer, when making your work?
My work revolves around the viewer’s experience.
5. Name 3 artists that have inspired your work?
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s writings, not an artist but Sir Francis Galton’s collection at UCL, Haroon Mirza’s show a few years ago at the Camden Arts Centre
6. What defines something as a work of art?
I’ll leave that answer to the viewers.
7. In times of austerity, do you think art has a moral obligation to respond topically?
As political bodies we will always have an obligation to take part in contemporary issues. Not just in times of austerity.
8. Anytime, any place – which artist’s body would you most like to inhabit?
I’d want to be Theresa Hak Kyung Cha in 1982, and avoid her untimely death so Cha can leave more work behind for me to read.
9. What was the most intelligent thing that someone said or wrote about your work?
Theoretical studies and making work needs to be kept separate- it should be like being bilingual. Professor Sue Golding
10. Which artists would you most like to rip off, sorry, I mean appropriate as a critique of originality and authorship?
I don’t put too much emphasis on originality. It’s a copy an paste world now!
11. Do you care what your art costs? State your reasons!
No, but I do wish to cover my production costs.
12. What’s next for you?
I would love to do public commissions.
13. How will you spend the £5000 if you win?
I would spend it on my next body of work. If I win I would really like to make work for public installation.
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