Details

Title

Memory Palace, Terrace 49 #8

Artist/Maker

Won Ju Lim (American, born Korea, 1968)

Date

2003

Medium

Anodized aluminum box, frosted Mylar, incandescent lights, LED lights, and mixed media sculpture

Dimensions

30 x 84 x 20 inches

Credit

Gift of the artist and Haines Gallery

Accession #

2019.106

On View

Currently not on view

Won Ju Lim’s series of “Memory palaces” evoke the sparkle and glow of residential hillsides in Los Angeles in their combination of natural and architectural forms. The shadowy interiors of her lightboxes evoke associations with tales of romance and mystery. Lim titled the works after a mnemonic technique with roots in ancient Tibet wherein an imaginary location is constructed in the mind using images that trigger one’s recall. As in a dream, the haunting quality of Lim’s imaginary landscapes is ambiguous. Do they depict Hollywood fantasies of images of catastrophe and ruin?

Image Copyright

© (c) Won Ju Lim