BYUNGJIN KIM | 김병진

Byung Jin Kim’s work gives familiar feelings to everyone, as it shows words such as “LOVE,” or logos of luxury fashion brands. The mixture of allegories of the signs and logos and deliberate elimination of handmade feelings are resulted from the artist’s strategy to make it look like a factory-made product. Kim creates a work of desire; this is why the form of his work is empty inside. “People believes that if they possess the subject of desire, then the urge would go away. However, it is not true at all. Once you have it, you would have cravings for the bigger one. It is impossible to fulfil one’s desire completely.”

 

“The composition of letters such as “LOVE,” “HOPE” and the logos of luxury brands symbolizes something I could not have sometimes. It inspired me to reflect those desires to my work. I wanted to talk about the essence of love.”

 

Over the past decade, there was a transition from black and white work with variations in brightness to colorful work. Kim has been continuing diverse experiments with colors, overlapping 3-dimentional works, subject matters for example, letters, flowers, ceramics and dolls. The artist says that some changes in his life such as marriage, becoming a father, and others lead him to try different attempts in his art work.

 

Kim emphasizes the signs of the public; he often researches and tests out colors to see people’s preference. “In the end, I found that each form of work has its own right color.” His work is composed of countless letters, logos, or shapes that build into another figure, showing two images with one work. It is up to the viewers to decide which image they choose to see.

 

It takes a long time to create one piece of work as his work is very elaborate. First, he draws initial images through sketches or 3D digital imaging. Based on the sketch, Kim creates the shape using clay, plaster, or FRP plastic. On the top of this base shape, he painstakingly molds countless shapes and letters together letters in steel to create the exact same shape with clay. After carefully sanding the molded areas, he put layers of multiple high quality car paint over the time while heating at 200 degrees in a kiln. Kim says he finds truthfulness in this labor-intensive nature of his work.

 

Kim is a Ph.D Candidate of Fine Arts, Department of Sculpture at Hongik University, holds BFA and MFA in Sculpture in Suwon University, Suwon, Korea. Kim is a highly sought-after artist by developers from the world’s major cities such as like Hong Kong, Dubai, New York, and Macau to fill their hotel lobbies and offices buildings.

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biography

EDUCATION

2019  Ph.D Candidate of Fine Arts Department of Sculpture, Hongik Universit, Seoul, Korea

2008  MFA in Sculpture, Suwon university, Suwon, Korea

2003  BFA in Sculpture, Suwon university, Suwon, Korea

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021  Baiksong Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2020  Gallery Jinsun, Seoul, Korea

2019  Gallery SEOHWA, Korea ,

2019  Space519, New York, USA

2018  Keumsan, Seoul, Korea

2015  Blank space, New York, USA

2014  Artfactory Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2013  Namu contemporary Gallery , Seoul, Korea

2013  Youngeun museum, Gyeonggido Korea

2012  Bien Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2011  Gallery Jinsun, Seoul, Korea

2009  Kimhyunjoo Gallery, Seoul, Korea.

2009  Times Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.  

2008  Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea.

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021  Art Busan, BEXCO, Busan, Korea

2021  KSBDA International Conference & Exhibition, Sangmyung University, Seoul, Korea

2021  The Korean Sculptor’s Association Exhibition, KOSA Space, Seoul, Korea

2021  BAMA 2021, Busan, Korea

2020  Visual Imagination, Seohae Art Space, Seosan, Korea

2020  Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeonggi-do, Korea

2020  BAMA 2020, Busan, Korea

2020  Gumi Art Fair, Gumi, Korea

2019  Afterglow, Noblesse Collection, Seoul, Korea

2019  Cheongju Craft Biennale, Cheongju, Korea

2019  Talisman, Gallery Arti-Vita, Seoul, Korea

2019  All Grown-Ups were Once Children, All that Curating, Seoul, Korea

2019  Art Busan, BEXCO, Busan, Korea

2019  Static but Dynamic, Soheon Gallery, Daeggu, Korea

2019  Galleries Art Fair, COEX, Seoul, Korea

2019  Art Miami, Miami, USA

2019  Seattle Art Fair, Seattle, USA

2018  Happy Together, Gallery Jinsun, Seoul, Korea

2018  Kim Byungjin, Nho Jun Duo Show, Kara’s Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2018  IFC Exhibition, Seoul, Korea

2018  Galleries Art Fair, COEX, Seoul, Korea

2018  Seattle Art Fair, Seattle, USA

2018  Art Busan, BEXCO, Busan, Korea

2018  Art Miami, Miami, USA

2018  Sculpture- Sea Breeze in the Yellow Sea, Incheon Art Platform, Incheon, Korea

2017  KIM, Byung Jin & Nho, Jun Duo show, Yoon Space, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2016  Sculptors,SIA NY Gallery, New York, USA

2016  Include Hope, Superior Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2016  Be My LOVE, Avenuel Lotte Tower Gallery, Seoul. Korea

2016  Art Wynwood, Miami, FL, USA

2015  Bling Bling, Art Factory, Seoul, Korea

2015  Collaboration, KOTRA Open Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2015  Urban Art, Opera Gallery, Singapore

2014  Group Show K-POP!, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

2014  Story-Object, Story-Space, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea

2014  Steel Holic, Lee & Park Gallery, Paju, Korea

2014  Admiration of White porcelain, Seoul Museum, Seoul, Korea

2014  Still Life, Choi Jung Ah Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2012  Tasteutopia, Lotte Gallery, Daejeon, Korea

2012  Adult’s Toy, Gallery Seoho, Seoul, Korea

2012  Pre Open – Qultagh, Adamas253 Gallery, Paju, Korea

2012  Taste World, Yangpyeong Art Museum, Yangpyeong, Korea

2012  The influence of Korean Art, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2011  Dual Exhibition, Pyo Gallery South, Seoul, Korea

2011  Confession in October, Gallery Touch Art, Paju, Korea

2011  Hope & Love Wave, Noam Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2011  Art Edition, SETEC, Seoul, Korea

2011  Rhythmic Chair, Yido Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2011  Fashion-Desire Various Viewpoints, Gamo Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2010  The Multiple, Pyo Gallery South, Seoul, Korea

2010  Colorful Factory of the Dream, Pohang Museum of Steel Art, Pohang, Korea

2010  Art Project in Downtown, Incheon Foundation for Arts and Culture, Incheon, Korea

2010  Him of Gyeonggi-do, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

2010  Art Edition, Bexco, Busan, Korea

2010  New Year’s Greetings, Gallery K, Seoul, Korea

2010  Treasure Hunt, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwangju, Korea

2010  Life is Life, Namsong Art Museum, Gapyeong, Korea

2010  Young Artisit Collection, Gallery Jinsun, Seoul, Korea

2010  Art Gwangju, Kim Dae Jung Convention Center, Gwangju, Korea

2009  Opening Exhibition, Dream Forest Art Center, Seoul, Korea

2009  Art Garden-Recreation, Sejong Center Chamber Hall, Seoul, Korea

2009  Opening Exhibition, Gallery 4walls, Seoul, Korea

2009  Ravenelart Autumn Auction 2009, Taipei

2009  Aure, Shilla Hotel, Seoul, Korea

2007  Art Inside Downtown-Nature-Human, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Seoul, Korea

2007  They Appear in The Downtown Area, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Seoul, Korea

2007  Time after time, Suwon IPark Museum of Art, Suwon, Korea

2007  Walking in Zoo, Inside Museum, Mok Am Museum, Goyang, Korea

2006  POSCO Stell Art Award, Posco Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

2006  Artist Garden, Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Gimhae, Korea

 

AWARDS

2016  The Prize Office of the Mayor City Of Jersey City New Jersey, USA

2007  Excellent Award, modern Art Contest, Korea

2007  Excellent Award, the Exhibition for Expressing one's Opinion of the Korean coming Artists, Korea

2006  Excellent Award, The 1st POSCO Steel Art Award, Korea

2006  Excellent Award, the University and Graduate School Students' Sculpture Contest, Korea

2005  Participation Prize, the Art Contest of Sculpture Park in Gangwon Land, Korea

2004  Excellent Award, The 40th Gyeonggi Art Contest, Korea

2004  Special selection, Donga Art Contest, Korea

 

 

COLLECTIONS

2012  Pohang Museum of Steel Art, Pohang, Korea.

2011  Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Gyeonggi, Korea.

2011  Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeonggi, Korea.

2010  Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea.

2008  National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwachon, Korea.

2005  the Sculpture Park in Gangwon Land, Gangwon-do, Korea.

2005  the Sculpture Park located in the Naerin stream in Inje, Gangwon-do, Korea.

2001  the Sculpture Park of the World Ceramic Exposition, Gyeonggi-do, Korea.Hayatt Regancy,

selected works

Pottery-Love

2018, Steel, Car Paint, 144.4x44.4x78.7in (EA)

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Pottery-Love

2018, Steel, Car Paint, 144.4x44.4x78.7in (EA)

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Pottery-Chanel

2011, Steel, Car Paint, 44.4x44.4x78.7in

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Double Drawing 2

2020, Steel, Car Paint, 30x40x3cm

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Double Drawing 3

2020, Steel, Car Paint, 30x40x3cm

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Double Drawing 4

2020, Steel, Car Paint, 30x40x3cm

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Double Drawing 5

2020, Steel, Car Paint, 30x40x3cm

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Pottery-Love (1511120)

2015, Steel, Car Paint, 13.3x13.3x24.4in

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Pottery-Love (121017)

2012, Steel, Car Paint, 18.8x18.8x20.4in

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Toy-Love

2021, Steel, 49x35x59cm

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Melon-Love

2012, Steel, Car Paint, 15.7x15.7x19.6in

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Double Layer (190515)

2019, Steel Wire, Car Paint, 210x210x10cm

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Double Layers 1803030

2018, Steel, 200x200x18cm

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Double Layers (180125)

2018, Steel, Oil, 156x156x18cm

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Double Layers (180125)

2018, Steel, Oil, 156x156x18cm

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Double Layers (180505)

2018, Steel, Oil, 126x126x15cm

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Double Layers 180418

2018, Steel, Acrylic, 156x156x18cm

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Double Layer (190415)

2019, Steel Wire, Car Paint, 200x200x15cm

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Double Layers (1803030)

2018, Steel, 200x200x18cm

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Installation of Double Drawings

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Simulation

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Simulation

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Simulation

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Pottery-Chanel (131011)

2013, Steel, Car Paint, 130x130x132cm

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Love is

2019, Steel, Car Paint, 18x18x47cm

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Pottery-Love (130922)

2013, Steel, 125x125x250cm

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Love-Poodles

2021, Steel, Car Paint, 25x44x50cm

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