Kim Kulim’s Death of Sun II (1964) comprises a sheet of thick black vinyl stretched over a shimmering black base. On this vinyl sheet are a series of small plastic washers, which the artist has painted black and set alight, so as to melt and fuse them onto the surface of the panel. Using petrol, Kim then outlined the perimeter of a large circle, which he also set on fire; resulting in an undulating surface of variegated textures. Beyond purely material concerns, this work speaks of the changes taking place within his country after the Korean War (1950–53). His use of destructive processes to create Death of Sun II points to the physical and societal destruction that both North and South Korea experienced during the war and to the peninsula’s subsequent division, which, like this work, resulted in an uneven and unstable topography of contradictory elements.