in New York, NY / United States
07.01.2022 - 19.02.2022 00:00
Byron Kim - Berton, Queequeg, Odysseus

James Cohan is pleased to present “Berton, Queequeg, Odysseus”, an exhibition of new paintings by Byron Kim. This is Kim’s fourth solo exhibition with James Cohan.

The works in “Berton, Queequeg, Odysseus” belong to a new series titled “B.Q.O.”,which references the three aforementioned characters from famous oceanic tales: Stanisław Lem’s “Solaris”, Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”, and Homer’s “The Odyssey”. Kim first began this new series of paintings during a Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva Island, Florida in January 2020, while rereading these classic stories to spur his imagination. These three literary references suggest the enduring lifespan of the planet’s oceans relative to the temporality and mentality of human existence, destructive as it may be. Representing various bodies of water – at times placid or treacherous – Kim’s newest paintings reveal an experience of the sublime, by way of observing and submerging oneself in a fluid environment that can feel liberatory or, suddenly, prove overpowering.

Gallery hours Tue-Sat 10 am – 6 pm


James Cohan Gallery
48 Walker Street
10013 New York, NY
United States


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