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by Charlie Aldinger, Honolulu Academy of Arts

Lim is known for creating evocative architectural forms that are illuminated by projected moving and still images. Her installations use cinematic spectacle and wonder to create animated monuments and haunting landscapes that lead viewers through a journey of colors, shadows, and light to ponder themes like fantasy, longing, nostalgia, and remembrance. For this commissioned work, Lim has chosen to focus on Hawai‘i.

In Many Things to Come begins with the premise that a visitor’s experience of Hawai‘i is, in part, a packaged commodity manufactured by a powerful tourism-industrial complex. The recognition of this aspect of Hawai‘i raises questions about the process of conveying, representing and remembering the “essence” of Hawai’i. This is particularly meaningful when such questioning explores what is excluded or distorted in representing a “pristine” or “authentic” experience, a type of experience that always proves to be elusive.

In Many Things to Come explores this nexus through the recognition that the touristic packaging of Hawai’i is meant to elicit nostalgia, recollection, and, ultimately, a return visit to a place that will eventually be acknowledged by the visitor as part dreamy fabrication.

“ Through its use of iconic images, sculptural forms, and cinematic projections from Hawai‘i,” Lim explained, “In Many Things to Come provocatively presents the affects, effects, and residue of a form of recollection made complex by touristic inventions and interventions.”

Born in Gwangju, South Korea in 1968, Won Ju Lim was educated at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Lim has exhibited in solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, London, Berlin, and Madrid, and has been featured in group shows including ARCO ’06, Madrid; the 2002 Gwangju Bienniale; and the 2001 Munster Sculpture Biennial. Presently, Lim is included in exhibitions in Germany at the Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe and the Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen. A resident of Los Angeles, Lim also teaches at UCLA.

In Many Things to Come is supported by a grant from the American Center Foundation.


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