SEDIMENT Presents: 
A performance based on the Korean 굿 (gut ritual)

By Rin Kim and Kotone Deguchi
June 4th, 2017 promptly at 9pm


a preparation. one spirit leaves the body. ten thousand return.

i will be the rightful god of this new body.

i will dream of death. i will dream of swimming in clear water. i will dream of blood and of being in the mountains.

all ten thousand spirits will have these dreams.

enter with your shoes off. come quietly. bring an offering for the good luck of dreams.

Artist Statements:

Rin Kim is a graphic design and performance artist interested in hyperfocused movements of a particular upheaval, an ongoing irruption that re-arrange every assumption of the equivalence of subjectivity and identity within themselves and their interruption of self by inviting others into ritual based design/performance pieces. Their work focuses on interpreting racial/family trauma, ceremony, ancestry, luck, and the body after death. 

Kotone Deguchi is a sculpture and installation performance artist who believes in horizon lines, the weight of form, felt color, the shape held by the space of an object. Their work arranges balance of object, internal resonance, personal familial cultural lineage, and self sought truth.


SEDIMENT concludes this season with two exhibitions in the storefront and gallery.  We will be closed for June and July.  Gallery hours F, Sa, Su 1-6pm.

SEDIMENT Exhibitions Presents:

"Metropolis Drawings" by Max Razdow

Opening reception Friday, May 5th from 6-9pm.
Exhibition runs through Sunday, May 28th, 2017.
Gallery hours Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 1-6pm.

The “Metropolis Drawings” collect the history and geography of a city in becoming, rendered from the bones of abstraction with mixed mediums, pen and ink. The works become a corollary for present and future states, ranging from the mural scale Metropolis to dozens of small ink drawings, sketches and notes. Tracing the wax and wane of a fictive city in ages from its founding forward, the drawings build a world reverberating through time and unfolding itself to meet monads of urgency. Characters, creatures and spatial components of the Metropolis have narrative qualities, using epic, fantasy laden structure to collect an unfixed tale. Considering these as singular and obtuse works is an important antidote to the idea that these are simply fantasy illustrations. They are mutable elements that are activated by storytelling, and even generative of it – and Razdow leaves written traces to collect the drawings’ matrices of ideas. Razdow’s works linger as poetic attributions to an unfurling story – one bridging metaphysical, mystical and experiential qualities that are reflective of the world we know.

In the Metropolis, we are met with ritual geographies, elemental forges, miscast rulers, dueling pantheons of ulterior worlds, heroes (human, bestial and divine), and maps attempting to trace their interplay. The epic origination stories, rebellions and turmoil hinted at in the works reveal Razdow’s way of engaging with both classic myths and contemporary realities. Aspects include the rise of emptiness and control in some ages of the Metropolis, and we can glimpse hope in the mirror of individuals seeking liminal, supernatural forces and creatures evolved from enraptured nature. A confluence of radical empathy and resolve emerge as themes for protagonists: a centaur woman born from a dolphin to work subversive magic and wield power, a necromancer who puts down his tools to seek clarity in distant mountains. Despite the rhythm of the Metropolis’ rises and falls, its geography remains a mutable monument. Its walls remain as a memorial engine of the archetypal past setting possibilities for future ages. 

For Max Razdow’s second public showing of his Metropolis Drawings he will include, along with the variously scaled works on paper, a new sound installation of songs he has written for the works. In addition, the second book of the Metropolis Epic will be released in a short run edition of 20 hand painted copies. 



SEDIMENT Storefront Featured Exhibition:

"Under the Layers" by Jina Seo

Opening reception Friday, May 5th from 6-9pm.
Exhibition runs through Sunday, May 21st, 2017.
Gallery hours Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 1-6pm.
"Under the Layers" is funded in part by VCUArts and the Crafts and Material Studies Department.

The extraordinary power of objects is obtained because people believe in them. The more mundane the objects are, the more powerful they become. My practice contextualizes the embodied energy that is submerged beneath the layers of vintage leather gloves. The fragments of ordinary gloves convey a tactile and erotic interaction, emphasizing the physical movements between certain parts of body and garments. When the body is absent, the empty, internal structure retains evidence of human existence. It remains full of authentic spirit and fantasy.

Through the processes of deconstructing and reconstructing materials into symbolic forms, I uncover the intimate and sensual power of humanity. The individual records and stories from the gloves turn into something that is universally relatable. Yet, it loops back to the idea of private at the same time. When the broad concept of primitive and elemental human desire meets the audience or wearer, it encourages them to find his or her own sensations and conclusions of desire. It is a moment when ordinary objects become surreal and uncanny in order to redeem the socially constructed expectations and perceptions.

Jina Seo (b. Seoul) is an artist and an educator living in the United States. Jina Seo contextualizes the relationships between human body, space, clothing, and desire through her practice. She received her MFA in Metals at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2016 and BFA at the Kookmin University, South Korea. She is currently a Fountainhead fellow at the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016-2017 and a recipient of SNAG Emerging Artist 2016.