Suniy Im

Slow Time in Quantum

Suniy Im

Suniy Im’s Slow Time in Quantum is an exhibition in four chapters, exploring how human consciousness and memory faces the physical world and the limits of time. In the first chapter (A Rusty Word), the artist recognizes how the words recalled by her father become detritus within his life. The second chapter (108 Sides, 36 Sights and Another Eye) discovers countless perspectives of memory within the blurred gaze of an elderly person. The third chapter (Utopia Series 1) documents time in the life of a retired military officer who has become an old man, while (Utopia Series 2) follows the circuit of words and memories between two old men, paying special attention to their aging eyes and hands.

Suniy Im’s works integrate elements of installation, video, objects, sculpture, photography, and documentary. In A Rusty Word, for example, old chandeliers hang low over a salt-covered floor, reminiscent of a beach or desert. Sagging under their own weight, the chandeliers look as if they could drop and be dragged across the floor at any moment. The light that they emit is like the last gasp of a memory, sputtered out with fading breath. The chandeliers, which once adorned lavish interior spaces, now float over a sandy beach outdoors, in a surreal scene taken from dreams or hallucinations.

Suniy Im’s art invokes every person’s consciousness and unique time. In 108 Sides, 36 Sights and Another Eye, objects with many sides float in the air, surrounded by countless fragments of reflected light that intersect and overlap, creating delicate dots and shapes. If these reflectors are memories, or the gaze that contains those memories, then the spots of light on the walls might be the meanings that have never before been looked at.

Quantum time is both a physical reality and a discontinuous phenomenon that is impossible to perceive. Quantum energy exists simultaneously as both a particle and a wave that can be recognized statistically. Perhaps Suniy Im is comparing human existence to the quantum realm.

An old man nearing the end of his life is a being who clearly exists, yet is not perceived. For this old man, the present is intertwined with deliberate memories that steadily extend into the infinite, thus becoming the “slow time in quantum” in which no one else can intervene.

Artistic Director Jinsang Yoo
Suniy Im
Solo Exhibitions 

Slow Time in Quantum, Artist Residency TEMI, Daejeon


Evolving City-Changing Landscape_Suspect, Gallery Zandari, Seoul


Descriptive Sight, Gallery Viol, Seoul


Descriptive Sight, Gallery Cha, Seoul


Trifocal Sight II, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul

Into Drawing 6: Suniy Im -Trifocal Sight, Drawing Center of Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul

Absurd Journey II, Alternative Space Sonamu, Anseong

Absurd Journey, THE Gallery, Seoul

Isolated-Island, Space Cell, Seoul


Shelter, Do Art Gallery, Seoul

Selected Group Exhibitions

Moving of the Left Hand, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Seoul

Edge, SPACE SO, Seoul

Companion, Lotte Gallery, Seoul

Companion Animal, Busan Citizen’s Hall, Busan
Mellow Meow, Bupyeong Arts Center, Incheon
Re-classification, The Night Leads to the Night, Suwon Museum of Art, Suwon
Photo-Initially, Finally, SPACE SO, Seoul

Strata & Plants, 021gallery, Daegu


Meta-scape, Wooyang Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeongju

1st JCC Art Prize & Art Frontier Prize, JCC Art Museum, Seoul

La Duree, Wumin Art Center, Cheongju

Uncertainty, Connection and Coexistence, Suwon Museum of Art, Suwon
SOMA Insight: The Great Labour, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul

Insight of Urban Landscape, Gallery Lee & Bae, Busan

Blessed Land, Yang Pyeong, Yangpyeong Art Museum, Yangpyeong

Three Days and Nights in Island, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Ansan

Three Artists Three Colors, Spielplatz Hahn, Seoul
One Spring Day, Dongtan Artspace, Hwaseong
Epilogue in 6, Cheongju Art Studio, Cheongju
Cheongju Art Studio Relay Project: Suniy Im, Cheongju Art Studio, Cheongju

Christmas in Korea, Lotte Gallery, Busan / Seoul

Metadata, Wumin Art Center, Cheongju
Playground, ARKO Art Center, Seoul
Occupation, Cheongju Art Studio, Cheongju
Exciting Museum-山水, Meeting Digital, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon
Project Café Wumin: Suniy Im, Café Wumin of Wumin Art Center, Cheongju

6 Scenes in Snow, Shinsegae Gallery, Incheon

Neue Empiriker, ZAHA Museum, Seoul
New World for Light, Moran Museum of Art, Namyangju
Coming Art Jungle, Garden Five, Seoul
Remediation: An Introduction to Modelism Photography, Art+Lounge Dibang, Seoul
Incheon Landing, Incheon Art Platform, Incheon
Flowers in Your Hair, Jangheung Art Park, Yangju
Methodology of Self-Discovery, Gallery Lee & Bae, Busan
Gana Now Art Award: Triangle, Gana Contemporary, Seoul

Yeosu International Art Festival Special Exhibition: Ex-topia, Chonnam National University, Yeosu

Beyond Landscape, Artpark, Seoul
My Room Our Atelier, Gana Art Center, Seoul
Him of Gyeonggi-do, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan
Invitation to a Wondrous House, Nam-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Artist-Centered Network: Decentered, Busan Museum of Art, Busan

Artist-Centered Network: Decentered, ARKO Art Center, Seoul / Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju

Space A, Gallery Space, Seoul
Nanji Relay Exhibition 2009, Nanji Gallery, Seoul
Shanshui Excursion, Gallery Zandari, Seoul
Plant A: Emergence of Species, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul
Nanji 3rd Open Studio, SeMA Nanji Residency, Seoul
International Incheon Women Artists Biennale, Incheon Art Platform, Incheon
Photo Festival: What Is Real?, Gana Art Center, Seoul
Fusion 304, Grimson Gallery, Seoul
Indistinct Stratum, Obscure Layer, Gallery LUX, Seoul
Another Masterpiece-New Acquisitions, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan
A Layer of the Senses, Kyungpook National University Art Museum, Daegu

Gyeonggi Art Festival, Ie-young Contemporary Art Museum, Suwon

KIMI for You ‘Take color’, KIMIART, Seoul
Negative Images, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan

Mohave, KIA Motors Dongdaemoon Branch, Seoul

Open Studio: No-Made, MMCA Residency Changdong, Seoul
Selected Artist for the Archive SOMA Drawing Centre, SOMA Museum, Seoul
Shift-Spectrum, Space Temsae, Seoul

Korea Young Artists Biennale, Daegu Arts Center, Daegu

SeMA Selected Emerging Artists, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Busan Biennale: Living Furniture, SK Pavilion, Busan
Marionette, Special Exhibition for Young Artists, Space Temsae, Seoul

Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Seoul


Artist Residency TEMI, Daejeon


Yangju City Art Studio, Yangju,


Gyeonggi Creation Center, Ansan


Cheongju Art Studio, Cheongju


Incheon Art Platform, Incheon


Jangheung Atelier, Yangju


SeMA Nanji Residency, Seoul


MMCA Residency Changdong, Seoul


Winner of JCC Art Frontier Prize, JCC


Gana Now Art Award, Gana Art Center


Third Winner of Songeun Art Award, Songeun Art and Cultural Foundation


Korea Young Artists Biennale

25 Artists of Year, Choognang Fine Arts Prize

Osan Culture Foundation

Suwon Museum of Art

JCC Art Museum(JEI Co.)

Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art

MMCA Art Bank / Government Art Bank

Seoul Museum of Art

Gana Art Center

Jangheung Art Park

Wumin Art Center

Daegu Art Museum