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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Dosa Kim's Diet opens at Beep Beep Saturday

click to enlarge CRACK THAT WHIP: "Potential Unbridled" by Dosa Kim.  Heard of 'Kanye's Workout Plan?'  If we're to infer anything from his artwork, Kim's weight-loss program might be a little more drastic...
  • CRACK THAT WHIP: "Potential Unbridled" by Dosa Kim. Heard of 'Kanye's Workout Plan?' If we're to infer anything from his artwork, Kim's weight-loss program might be a little more drastic...

Anyone who's been following Beep Beep Gallery this spring may have noticed something different at their last show: The walls have been repainted, the ceilings redone, and overall, the artwork presentation seemed to follow a calculated plan rather than some late-night whimsy. The distinction isn't obvious, but it applies to both the gallery owners as well as the artists.

Take for instance the work of Dosa Kim, whose solo exhibition Diet opens Saturday from 8-11 p.m. The show's title represents a continuation of the visual themes addressed by the artist's previous work in Weight, a surprisingly fresh coffee-shop revue at L5P's Aurora Coffee last fall. Kim's new work bubbles with tremendous angst, but he's recently incorporated several techniques used primarily by the "grown-up" art establishment: uniform framing (representing a monetary investment by the artist) and certificates of authenticity (signifying for collectors an object worthy of investment).

Of course, Beep Beep is still — in spirit and in practice — a predominantly D.I.Y endeavor. As a self-styled leader in equally self-styled Atlanta underground art, the gallery is similarly caught up in these dialectics of professionalism v. rebellion — between "selling out" and "keeping it real." The psychodrama continues this weekend: Dosa Kim leads the charge in Beep Beep's ambitious curatorial program for 2009, a succession of exclusively one-man or one-woman shows.

More from Beep Beep's press release:

Consumption and over-saturation, materialism and obsession; these are the themes that inform Dosa Kim's upcoming solo exhibition at Beep Beep Gallery. Using a variety of media including digital illustration, painting, and sculpture, Dosa plans to cover the gallery with images that balance the gluttony of consumer culture with the beauty and style that that culture obsesses over.

If successful, the gambit could position the venue as what Jerry Cullum has tentatively dubbed the "Heath Gallery of the Atlanta alternative scene." These micro-politics are typically irrelevant to the gallery experience, but in this case, the artwork actually seems to benefit (see also Dosa Kim's January comments on inspiration at BurnAway.org). One can see in Dosa Kim's recent work an inner dialog of ambition, revulsion, and a will to rise above the "trash" of everyday life. The metaphor of weight-loss may refer to the process of peeling away at oneself in order to become the stronger and more genuine Self of tomorrow.

(Photo by Jeremy Abernathy, taken during Beep Beep's Inauguration 2009 preview)

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