"No Sleep" is a series of photographs of abandoned mattresses found around New York City, though mostly in Brooklyn. The beds are sometimes seedy and sometimes luminous, pathetic, monolithic and architectural, strange, out-of-place and totally banal. I'm interested in how these beds, although mute, allude to all the things we do on them - sleep, dream, have sex. Dumped onto the streets of New York, the mattresses are impermanent memorials to the city's many private stories.

A monograph of this series, with an introduction by Jonathan Ames

Published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg
Hardcover, 96 pages, 60 color ills. 8½ x 10¾ inches

Born in Seoul, Korea, Hee Jin Kang holds degrees from Yale University and the Royal College of Art. In 2002, she had her first solo exhibition at the Shine Gallery in London. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Hayward Gallery in London, Sotheby's New York, the Musée de l'Élysée in Switzerland, and Culturgest, Portugal. Kang received a 2006 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in photography.

In 2008, she was awarded artist residencies at the Center for Photography at Woodstock and at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota. Her work has been published in various magazines, including Blindspot, New York Magazine, Monthly Photo, Art Review, Vogue Hommes International, i-D, Tank and Harper's Bazaar Korea. Her first monograph, NO SLEEP, was published by Kehrer Verlag in September 2011. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Hee Jin Kang

TEXTUS 059-1 , Digital C Print , 100x125cm  2011

TEXTUS 059-1 - detail , Digital C Print , 100x125cm  2011

TEXTUS 052-1 , Digital C Print , 100x125cm  2011

TEXTUS 052-1 - detail , Digital C Print , 100x125cm  2011

TEXTUS 043-1 , Digital C Print , 100x125cm  2011

Seung Hoon Park created these woven-together photographic images in response to the urban sprawl he witnessed when walking on the streets of Seoul, Korea, and other large cities. For the TEXTUS series, Park used large pathworks of cut positive 16mm movie films patchworked together to show “the sprawling appearance and complexity of these cities.”

Park explains, “Writing a text, like weaving a fabric are an endless experience as both the text and the fabric can stretch infinitely. I’ve gotten the same feeling when walking in Seoul streets… I use positive 16mm movie film that I cut and load in a large format camera. When processed the result is a mosaic of films, like a detailed patchwork that composes an inextricable labyrinth where the eye can get lost.”

Born in 1978 and lives and works in Seoul

Die Auktion, 2006 C-Print, Diasec
90.6 x 133.9 in / 78.7 x 118.1 in / 51.2 x 70.9 in / 17.7 x 31.5 in

Saturday Night, 2007 C-Print, Diasec
181.1 x 118.1 in / 118.1 x 78 in / 72 x 47.6 in / 21.7 x 32.4 in

Saturday Night Room 405, 2007 C-Print, Diasec 55.1 x 39.4 in

The photographs of In Sook Kim (born 1969 in South Korea) examine how we give meaning to the rooms we live in, how we use furniture, decor, television, computers, sex, alcohol and pharmaceuticals in our futile attempts to fill inner voids--and how those rooms reflect these voids back at us.

Saturday Night Room, 2007 C-Print, Diasec 55.1 x 39.4 in

Saturday Night Room, 2007 C-Print, Diasec 55.1 x 39.4 in

Kim's Edward Hopper-esque settings are constructed with a loving attention to detail, and lit with an eerie glow, so that they function as deliberately artificial mini-theatres in which human subjects seem intrusive or uneasy, perhaps imprisoned by society's designation of Saturday night as party night. These works were recently exhibited at New York's Gana Art Gallery, to much acclaim.

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