Grace Kim's "Love Hotel" Is Dark and Bittersweet

Photographer Grace Kim traveled to Seoul, Korea last year and photographed empty rooms for a series called "Love Hotels," in which she captured the moment after couples engaged in secret or temporary affairs have departed, body heat still lingering in the air and open condom wrappers strewn about. A small collection from the series is now on display in a show titled "Under a Glass Bell, A Dream" at Melanie Flood Projects, a house-gallery in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The images are neither lurid nor dingy, as Kim's sensitivity has made these rooms that contain used beds, rumpled sheets and displaced pillows into dark and bittersweet dens filled with melancholy and nostalgia. Though the topic may be exploring the complexities of time and "ephemeral nature of love," the precision and simplicity of the show's presentation is very satisfying.

"Under a Glass Bell, A Dream," Melanie Flood Projects, 186 Washington Ave., through Oct. 7.

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