A Kim Tschang-Yeul "Waterdrops" at LACMA
Kim encountered Pop during a stay in New York. After moving to Paris he was struck by the momentary optics of water drops on canvas. This set the direction for his career. Kim has said the waterdrops represent "absolute nothingness."
From an American perspective, Kim's art recalls the trompe l'oeil of Harnett and Pope, plus Ruscha's word pictures in viscous liquids. But there is also a conceptual quality to staking a career on repetitions of the evanescent.