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Jane Kim, details from From So Simple a Beginning: Celebrating the Diversity and Evolution of Birds, 2014–2015. Acrylic and house paint on wall, 70 x 40 ft.

June 1, 2016July 3, 2016

Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, Fridays until 8:45 pm
Artist Reception: Friday June 24, 2016, 6–8:30 pm

Inspired by the flora and fauna of Golden Gate Park, Jane Kim explores the ecology of San Francisco’s urban environment. More than a century ago, the park’s builders transformed what was originally a sand dune ecosystem into a beloved urban green space by introducing species such as Australia’s eucalyptus tree and Asia’s cherry blossoms. San Francisco’s largest and most popular park represents flora from all corners of the world, with origins as diverse as the people who visit. Yet animals native to San Francisco—ravens, foxes, coyotes—have also found a way to thrive. Today the city’s urban environment continues to experience change that is just as dramatic as explosive growth reshapes our human communities. In her residency, Kim incorporates artifacts from the industries impacting San Francisco into works that spotlight the adaptive abilities of both native and non-native species. She creates a world map showing the origins of some of the park’s most popular plants. Each day she mixes a batch of paint based on the color of the sky, which visitors can use to mark their own home—a living infographic of human origins.

Jane Kim is a visual artist, science illustrator, and the founder of Ink Dwell, an art studio created to inspire people to love and protect the Earth one work of art at a time. Kim specializes in creating large-scale public murals and installations. In 2015 she completed a 3,000-square-foot mural at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology depicting the evolution of birds. Honors include artist residencies at Recology and Facebook, a fellowship at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and a Science Visualization Fellowship at Yosemite National Park. Her work can be seen publicly at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and at the Mono Basin Visitor Center in Lee Vining, California, and is also in collections including the NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, and the Rhode Island School of Design.