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UNFOLDING: Jennifer Grimyser, Jena H. Kim, Daniela Kostova Curated by Eun Young Choi

May 13 @ 11:00 AM - June 18 @ 5:00 PM

Cindy Rucker Gallery is pleased to present UNFOLDING, featuring works by Jennifer Grimyser ’06, Jena H.
Kim, Daniela Kostova curated by Eun Young Choi.

This exhibition investigates the acts of looking and perceiving through the folding and unfolding of
narratives, spaces and ideas. The artists compose and manipulate supernatural and natural interventions
to redefine symbolic meanings as well as push the dimensional boundaries of painting and photography.
By carefully crafting spacial arrangements that are overlaid with condensed or expanded narratives, the
three artists create works that are constantly reformulating themselves as they fluctuate between fiction
and reality.

Jennifer Grimyser’s sophisticated photographs explore visual relationships by creating playful and
deceptive illusions. Staged by hand in her studio with no digital manipulations, Grimyser’s constructed
photographs fluctuate between flat surface and three-dimensional space. Her elegant compositions and
layering of images and gestures of symbolic communication and emotional responses juxtapose the real
versus the photographic, using humor as its medium. They test the boundaries of the original and the
simulacra by blurring the line between presentation and documentation with poetic satire.

Residing somewhere between realism and abstraction, Jena H. Kim’s site specific wall installation renders
a simple pictorial frame that is subverted by elements of mystery. Framing is a motif that appears
frequently in Kim’s paintings and installations, functioning as a visual device which allows the viewer to
explore fictional dimensions and architecturally impossible spaces. According to Kim, “By framing, a
moment is captured and focus is achieved, even if the subject is mundane or … illegible… My aim is not
to simply trick the viewer’s eyes but to immerse them in a fluctuating experience. In this state of
ambiguity, viewers might also get a rare glimpse of their expectations and assumptions laid bare.”

Daniela Kostova examines our built environment and the ways it defines our behavior as we navigate
through it. Kostova’s physically striking large scale installation blurs the line between fact and fiction. It is a
complex, insightful and playful exploration of our relationships to one another and the constructed
environment. For UNFOLDING, Kostova presents an Adventure Playground depicting a scene of a family
surviving a flood. “Nimbly adapting to what is happening, they embrace their new roles with humor and
self-confidence, keeping the “ship” above sea level and turning the danger into an exciting journey to
the unknown.” Oscillating between a natural disaster and a supernatural fairytale, it acts as a metaphor
for instability of the human condition.