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Back Talk with Dan-ah Kim

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010

One reason you make art:


To tell stories.



The last good movie you saw:





Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to:


See the Aurora Borealis, ride the Trans-Siberian railway.



Favorite country or city visited:


I recently fell in love with Barcelona, but I could happily eat my way through Seoul.



A few words that sum up your philosophy on life:


Be like water.



Something you want the world to know about you:


My dream is to be a martial arts film star. If there’s anyone out there who can help make that happen, please call me!



Something that annoys or frustrates you about people:


Flakiness, broken promises.





Something that concerns you:


When celebrity gossip gets more attention than breaking news. Though I admit I’ll click on any links with cute baby animals on said news sites.



Artists you admire:


Yayoi Kusama, Kiki Smith, Joseph Cornell, Hayao Miyazaki, Henry Selick, Michel Gondry, Katherine Bigelow, Joan Miró, Chris Ofili, Ben Shahn.



Favorite quote(s):


Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.


The first record or CD you ever bought? The last album you downloaded?


My first Korean one was Kim Gun-mo, first American one I think was TLC’s CrazySexyCool. I haven’t bought a new album in a while, the last one might’ve been Joanna Newsom’s Have One On Me.



Something you do when you’re procrastinating?


Bother my cat, watch movies, rummage through the fridge.





What is your most defining characteristic?


I’m double jointed and can do weird things with my hands and knees - it’s freaked people out my whole life.



What is your greatest fear?


Death and bedbugs.



The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:


When I started saying it aloud. And when I realized I’d gone to art school and left with close to no practical skills to do any other sort of job.



Your greatest quality:


That I’m close with my family.




Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself:


I can’t cook, sing, or drive. Three things I really want to be good at.



What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and was it worth it?


Probably moving to New York, and it was worth it.




Something you wish you had known five years ago:


I wish I’d started learning Spanish back then, and not to go out alone at 4am.



What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years of your life?


Work on projects I can be proud of, learn another language, travel as much as possible, progress with my art, be a better daughter and sister.



Dan-ah Kim

Waking In The Dark

Thinkspace gallery Project Room


Exhibit on view: July 9th – July 30th (along with Yosuke Ueno’s solo, Negative Never Again)


Opening Reception: Fri, July 9th 7-10pm, with both artists in attendance.

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