Operating System
June 21 – July 21, 2012
The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery is very pleased to present the premiere of the group exhibition series Operating System, a collaborative project featuring over thirty-five artists and writers based in New York City.  The reception of the premiere, presenting works by twenty-one artists, will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 6 – 8 pm at the Wald/Kim Gallery at 417 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003. 
Taking a cue from Kellie Jones’ criticism of art institutions and museum professionals as a disguised force attempting to define artists’ identities [Kellie Jones, EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art. (Durham and London: Duke University, 2011) p. 106], Operating Systemattempts to organize a show not by an objective theme or a curatorial intention, but to structure an open platform where artists can freely express their interests and identity.  This experimental exhibition series anticipates the effects of dismantling the invisible wall that stands between contemporary art and daily life on the one hand, and the wall that divides contemporary art from the rest of the arts on the other.  The outcome of this experimental project is a wide range of works in different forms that are connected simply by differences, enabling such ideas as exchange, collaboration, and collectiveness.
Operating System is composed of three parts, taking place at three venues over the next six months.  This exhibition at the Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery is the first part of the exhibition.  The second part will be presented at the DEAN PROJECT from July 26 through August 16, 2012.  The series finale will take place at Gallery Ho from October 11 through November 2, 2012.  There will be a post-production publication documenting all installations, artworks, and essays in the series.
The premiere of Operating System features the following artists: damali abrams, Tomie Arai, Maria Buyondo, Karlos Carcamo, Paul Clay, Lisa Gross, Cosme Herrera, Changha Hwang, Jena H. Kim, Wayne Liu, John L. Moore, Odathrowback, Jin-kang Park, Quintín Rivera-Toro, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, Juana Valdes, Frank Webster, Seth Wulsin, Un Kyoung Yoo, Jayoung Yoon with Julie Spodek, and Lisa M. Zilker.
Writers who support this collective and collaborative endeavor include Ivan Lerner, Christine Licata, Sunny Shin, and others
Operating System is organized by Heng-Gil Han.  For more information, please contact Sumin Hong at waldkimgallery@gmail.comor at 212-598-1155.  Gallery hours are from Tuesday – Saturday, 11am—6pm