Kim grew up in the outskirts of Seoul in Yeonsinnae. He was eight when Line 3 began operating in 1985. Kim and his friends would take the subway from Yeonsinnae Station all the way to Yangjae Station and back, just for fun. What these excursions afforded him, even at a young age, was the ability to intuitively relate to the boundaries between the contrasting urban and suburban settings. The transitional landscapes linking the outskirts to the city center have become the subject of study for this artist, who grew up in a sleepy residential area. He took this mindset with him to New York, where Asian neighborhoods, inevitably, became the subject of his camera and a way to explore that which is unique yet omfortable, imperfect yet beautiful and foreign yet familiar.