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Sangbin IM: Confluence

Artist Sangbin IM exhibits his latest work at NYC's Mary Ryan Gallery

by Josh Rubin in Culture on 23 February 2010

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The mixed media of Sangbin IM's latest exhibition "Confluence" challenges its audience to see the world through the Korean artist's eyes—a view that teeters between reality and illusion for a unified glare at the perceptions held by contemporary society.

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Currently on view at NYC's Mary Ryan Gallery, IM's work is the result of a meticulous method that involves layering digital images of his original paintings (usually depicting an element from nature) over a digital photograph—typically one of hundreds he took over a period of time of the same location.

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The Yale University grad (who now teaches at Columbia University as he works on his doctorate in art education) creates these semi-delusional scenes to comment on the disparity between Utopian desires and the insatiable consumerism that modern culture seemingly wrestles with.

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"Confluence" is on display at Mary Ryan Gallery through 27 March 2010.

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