Eat All You Can is the title of a show of paintings by UK-based South Korean artist Ha Young Kim, currently on display at London’s Hoxton Art Gallery through October 4th. Kim’s colorful paintings, often in acrylic on translucent drafting film, focus on humans as consumers, of food, goods, “public emotions” and especially technology.
For Eat All You Can, Kim created a series of ‘dish paintings’ which feature meals of organic matter merging with the technological. The gallery describes them thus: “Offering confused jumbles of flesh, food and emoticons on each of these plates Kim presents us with a glimpse of what our daily virtual and physical ingestion may look like.”
In the words of writer Sena Lee, “Lively colours and wriggling figures of microscopic cell organisms in Ha Young Kim’s work are typical of the artist’s work’s vitality. She uses biological imagery in contrast to the iconography of cyberspace in order to disturb the mechanical forces (modern science and the internet) that construct contemporary human identity.”