Climbing up the discreetly narrow stairwell at Hermès Liat Towers, you’ll find yourself in a serene art space – aptly monikered Aloft at Hermès – transporting you worlds apart right at the moment you step into it. Having housed homegrown artist Dawn Ng’s kaleidoscopic pastel blocks (How to Disappear into a Rainbow, 2016), and Berlin-based French artist Agathe de Bailliencourt’s sea of oceanic gravel (Here from Here, 2016), Aloft at Hermès has gained itself an insider reputation as the mindful escape from Orchard Road’s bustling setting.
This time round, Hermès taps Korean artist Minjung Kim for her touch of nature-instilled magic. Just like her artworks, Kim is deeply rooted in Taoist beliefs, and she has been so since her early painting days. At the age of six, Kim was mentored by legendary water colorist Yeongyun Kang. Then between the ages of thirteen and twenty nine, she further cultivated her craft through Oriental calligraphy, building her fundamental Asiatic precepts that became vital to her now-signature East-meets-West synthesis.
Experiencing Kim’s art takes you on an adventure of visual wonders. Her recent works feature spellbindingly haunting clusters of mountains that gradate from firm opaque to sheer mist, softly calling you to sink in and travel into the layers of time they symbolise, and to be part of the resounding spaces that weave them all together. Achieving a certain equilibrium of Zen within the viewers is the purpose Minjung Kim had in mind for Oneness, her stirring series to be exhibited at Hermès’ Aloft from 27 April to 30 July.
“Each moment of ourselves is always predestined,” the artist once said during her Predestined exhibition talk five years back. “It is as if it is already designed.” So if you’re reading this and you’re compelled to swing by and have a good look at Kim’s hypnotic beauties, then just maybe, it’s been written in the stars all along.
‘Oneness’ by Minjung Kim is on display from 27 April to 30 July at Aloft at Hermès, 541 Orchard Road, Liat Towers. 10.30am to 8pm daily. Admission is free.