too much future

Public art installation curated by Jennie Goldstein
Whitney Museum of American Art
95 Horatio Street, New York
29 June - September 2018

Press Release:

Christine Sun Kim often combines references to the body, musical notation, written language, and American Sign Language (ASL). Here, she pairs text with a rendering of the sign for the word “future” in ASL. Typically, the sign for “future” is illustrated as a thin line. This mimics the hand as it moves away from the face in two arching gestures. Kim reimagines that line as a thick black mass in order to indicate multiple meanings—literal, conceptual, and emotional—that can be projected onto the word. For Kim, the same unpredictability that can make the future a source of anxiety can also create a sense of optimism. “Giving too much thought to the future can be overwhelming, especially in an uncertain political climate,” she explains, but doing so can offer a reminder “that there are a wide variety of positive futures for everybody to dive into.”

Both Kim’s drawings and her work in sound—her primary medium—investigate the artist’s relationship to spoken languages and aural environments. As with her performance works, sculptural and video installations, and drawings and notational scores on paper, Too Much Future offers a reminder that visual or auditory perception of language does not necessarily result in easy comprehension.

Charcoal on paper
43.5 x 74 cm (17 1/8 x 29 1/8 in)

Photos by Ron Amstutz and Sirio Magnabosco