Thursday, March 29, 2012



WHEN: Sunday, April 1, 1-4 PM
Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton

We are excited to have two new shows opening, and both exhibiting artists, Kirsten Hassenfeld and Yeon Jin Kim, will be on hand for an informal discussion about their work with Jonathan Greene, Director of Exhibitions at the Hunterdon Art Museum.

  • 1:00 PM: Kirsten Hassenfeld discusses her site-specific installation "Cabin Fever"
  • 1:30 PM: Yeon Jin Kim discusses her installation and video "Spaceship Grocery Store"
  • 2-4 PM: Opening reception for both shows

Yeon Jin Kim: Spaceship Grocery Store

With an intricately fabricated paper diorama and a video camera, Korean born artist Yeon Jin Kim takes the viewer on an animated voyage through her dreams. For her first solo museum exhibition, Kim will install both the diorama and the video, enabling the viewer to view the process and the finished product. To create her videos, Kim merges the traditional techniques of drawing and sculpture with the contemporary technologies of film, animation and video. Kim’s hand-drawn scroll drawings, often measuring up to 300 feet long,  are heavily detailed worlds, with backgrounds drawn in graphite setting the scene for elaborate paper sculptural models.

Using simple string, she animates the models as if they were marionettes, moving them through the crafted environment.  While the models are animated, she films the movements in a single take. The incredible complexity of the drawn work yields an almost childlike animation in the final form.

Yeon Jin Kim was born in Seoul in 1978. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Seoul National University and her Masters in Fine Arts in Combined Media from Hunter College, New York in 2008. She has participated in numerous group shows and was part of the Artist-in-Residence Program at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City from 2010-2011. Among other awards and residencies, Kim was awarded a Residency Fellowship at Yaddo in 2009 and nominated for a Rema Hort Mann Foundation grant in 2008.

Kirsten Hassenfeld: Cabin Fever

Kirsten Hassenfeld makes extraordinary sculpture and collage with ordinary materials.  She carefully saves odds and ends from her daily life, such as bottle caps, thread spools, envelopes and wrapping paper and incorporates them into complex works of art that defy expectations. In her hands, these items become multi-faceted chandeliers, highly detailed architectural forms, and abstract three-dimensional sculptures that illuminate dark rooms, often inviting the viewer to enter a private space, and, at the same, recall the vernacular handicrafts of the original American settlers.

Hassenfeld's work has been included in many museum group shows, including "Greater NY" at PS1/MoMA in 2005; The Hudson River Museum, NY; The Brooklyn Museum, NY; and, The Jewish Museum, NY, among others. This is her first solo Museum show. She has had several solo gallery shows, most recently at Peter Mendenhall Gallery in Los Angeles, Brown University, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn and Bellwether Gallery, New York City.

Support in part for this exhibition provided by the Bloomingdale's Fund of the Macy's Foundation.