Tina Kim Gallery
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
SO - IL, 2015

Affiliated with Kukje in Seoul, the Tina Kim Gallery is devoted to showcasing and introducing international contemporary art. The century old, two-story brick building historically functioned as a gas station for luxury vehicles and formerly housed the Casey Kaplan Gallery before Tina Kim Gallery. SO—IL's redesign of the ground-level in 2015 emphasizes the creation of a new expressive entryway. The former entrance had frosted glass doors aligned with the sidewalk. In a creative reinterpretation of the architectural detail known as the corbel, the new entryway gently curves inward to invite the public into the gallery. The exacting yet expressive brickwork was laid by hand following a custom computer script. This merging of a traditional technique and digital approach provides gallery visitors with an unexpected experience of the familiar.

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UPDATE: The tours with architects from SO—IL have been canceled; gallery staff will be on-site to answer questions.


Image credit: Jeremy Haik