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Light, Speed, Matter
A Still Place Waiting

Since I began photographing speeding objects and landscapes,

I’ve slowed to explore the single moment. Time is different here.

There is mystery in the present. We never see it.

We go by it too fast.

It can be terrifying not to run,

but to hang in its mystery.

I imagine it's like standing at the edge of a black hole.

Each instant is new,

As time turns to look at us.



Rain As Well, Pa'auilo Mauka



Chicago Sky With Train From Freeway



Scott River Pale Storm



The drama that gives me human status is my density, where I am most thick.

We are full of story, of beauty, of fear, of pleasure. We are the details. This density is our destiny.

We identify ourselves by culture, by family, by work, by lover, by death. Our storyline is the myth we carry.

We are Matter, only 4% of the universe. Is there more? What is 96%? Am I mostly light and speed?

Can I be more light?

If I stand in a still place, can I let the story go by?

Can I stand at the edge of a black hole? Can I shift what I call time ?

    Also Available: Softcover matte 8x8 inch monograph printed by A&I Hollywood $45    


Valerie Yong Ock Kim is Hawaiian Island-born and raised. She currently resides in Hawaii and California.

Exploring the visual arts over the years, producing slide shows, small films and focused on the still image, Kim has exhibited in Los Angeles, Oregon and Hawaii. Her work is in private collections in the US, Europe and Japan.

Kim supports her work as a Los Angeles Teamsters Local 399 Location Manager working on feature films. Work on “The Hulk” with Oscar-winning Director Ang Lee, ‘The Tempest” with acclaimed Director Julie Taymor, and with Director Gore Verbinski’s “Pirates of the Carribean” films, have offered her the opportunity to support the vision of innovative creatives while working with the demands of large scale studio projects. Kim was writer/director on “Waging Peace”, a documentary film about Soviet and American children who struggled against situation and prejudice to become staunch friends at the end of the Cold War.

Kim is a member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and is represented by Photo Resource Hawaii <http://photoresourcehawaii.licensestream.com/LicenseStream/Portal/index.aspx> and its affiliate ALAMY/UK <http://www.alamy.com/>, as well as Fine Art Associates at Art Loft in Honolulu <http://www.fineartassociates.com/>.

Altho she was not formally trained in photography, she studied with Joel Meyerowitz and Sean Kernan, studied printing with Mark Berndt and John Paul Caponigro. She is a huge fan of artists Thomas Struth, Robert Irwin and Andy Goldsworthy.

Kim works with both film stock and digital capture, producing archival pigment prints on cotton rag papers. Images are available in limited editions and for exhibition and licensing.

Kim is currently exploring other forms of photographic expression, including sculptural kiln-fired cast glass photographs. She looks forward to experimental forays beyond two dimensions and how this exploration will inform the adventures of photographic work.


Artist's resume:


2011:   "Sherwood Forest" (cast glass), "Blue Wave, Deep Water," "Mana Road"
            Fall Arts Festival Juried Exhibition; juror, Darrell Orwig. East Hawai'i Cultural Council, Hawai'i island
            First place award to "Mana Road."

2011:   “Light Speed, A Still Place Waiting” solo exhibition; idspace, Kurtistown, Hawai’i island.

2010:   "The Chant," "Alealani"
           Faces of Hawai'i juried exhibition; juror, Kapulani Landgraf; HI Art Magazine, idspace, Kurtistown, Hawai'i island.

2010:   "Light Speed Matter. A Still Place Waiting," solo exhibition;
            W. M. Keck Observatory presents "Catching Photons," Waimea, Hawai'i island.

2007:   “Winter Group Show” Bohemia Gallery, Ashland Oregon.

2005:   “Recent Work”  two-person exhibition with Mark Berndt; The Reel Thing of California, Santa Monica, California.

2004:   “Tails” solo exhibition; Parker Ranch, Waimea, Hawai’i island.

2003:   “Elements of Dreams” solo exhibition; Kahilu Theater, Waimea, Hawai’i island.

2001:   “Seen Life” solo exhibition; Atch-Kotch, Hollywood, California.

idspace - 2011



2008:     workshop with Sean Kernan, Connecticut
2007:     Pilchuck Glass School, pate de verre w Deborah Horrell
2006:     John Paul Caponigro printing workshops, Los Angeles
2001-2:   printing with Mark Berndt, Los Angeles
2000:     Tuscany workshops with Joel Meyerowitz
1982:      MPH, University of Hawai’I School of Public Health
1975:      BA, psychology, University of Hawai’i


Other work by this artist:

Valerie Yong Ock Kim: http://www.vyok.com/index.html

The Fne Art Associates, Inc. (art consultation services): http://www.fineartassociates.com/

Photo Rescource Hawaii: http://photoresourcehawaii.licensestream.com/LicenseStream/Portal/index.aspx


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