|Byron KIM Sky Blue Flag (Anyang),2016|
Indigo dyed ramie
124.5 x 175.3 centimeters
Commissioned by APAP 5
Courtesy the artistJames Cohan Gallery, New York
Byron Kim, Sky Blue Flag (Anyang), 2016. Commissioned by APAP 5. Photo: Joo Yongsung.
Sky Blue Flag (Anyang) (2016) is a work by Byron Kim mounted on the flagpole of MVDRV’s Anyang Peak (2005). Flags are often used to claim an organized presence, but Kim’s work is a representation of the sky against which it is installed, thereby conflating subject and ground or two-dimensionality and sensorial space. Many years ago, Kim made a kite the color of the sky as a way to connect with the heavens, but did not feel that the work succeeded. He then developed Sky Blue Flag for Sharjah Biennial 12 (2015), and installed it along the Corniche in Sharjah, which serves as a major port connecting the United Arab Emirates to South East Asia and Africa through the Arabian Gulf. Installed here in the mountains of Anyang, the flag once again reaches to the sky to connect this site to the world beyond.