BYUNGJOO KIM | 김병주

Byung Joo Kim’s works started from his visual curiosity about the boundaries of space. “I want people to look at the familiar scene in daily life from a different point of view through my work.” He collects variety scenes of modern city with his camera. Kim builds a new building each time he creates an artwork. In his work, an overlap of sculpture and architecture exists.

 

There was an inspiration when he prepared his graduation exhibition back in college. His famous relief works, Ambiguous Wall, breaks down buildings by eliminating ‘surfaces’ and leaving only lines and dots. Resulting spaces, which has been made unclear of what’s ‘inside’ and what’s ‘outside’ by these ‘ambiguous walls’, now clash and overlap each other opening up a new space more subjective to new interpretations and possibilities. Ambiguous Wall induces the audiences to activate a high level of spatial perception awareness. It is a visualization of invisible space, a multilayered and multidimensional structure of endless intersections of horizontal and vertical lines which gradually come closer and eventually overlap each other by perspective system. 

 

The work is created of delicate steel, with finely carved exterior catching the eye first, while giving way to the complicated interior such as staircases that connects each floor inside the building. When light reaches to the work, shadows from different parts of the building gets all tangled up, again creating a whole new space behind it. “I have used stones and wood but steel worked the best for me. Unlike those other materials that require to be trimmed for multiple times, steel shows the final result right away. Steel as a material is very intuitive and simple. Steel looks strong, however, it gets very tender with heat.” Sometimes Kim would like to leave some space for the viewers to imagine, deliberately, by showing an edge or a part of the entire building structure.

 

Kim is one of the most remarkable and active young sculpture artists in Korea today. He studied sculpture at Hongik University in Seoul. He received MFA from UAL Chelsea college of Arts, London, and Ph.D. from Department of sculpture, Hongik University.

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biography

EDUCATION

B.F.A. Department of sculpture, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea 

M.F.A. Department of sculpture, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea

M.F.A. UAL Chelsea college of Arts, London, UK

Ph.D.  Department of sculpture, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020  Ambiguous wall–Eidos, Gana Art Sounds, Seoul, Korea

2019  Ambiguous wall, Print Bakery, Seoul, Korea

2017  Ambiguous wall,  63SKY Museum, Seoul, Korea

2017  Ambiguous Wall, Choi Jung Ah gallery, Seoul, Korea

2016  The Paradox of Space, Bundo gallery, Deagu, Korea

2015  Ambiguous Wall-The Marriage of In and Out, Gallery Huue, Singapore

2014  Familiar scene, PYO gallery, Seoul, Korea

2013  BYUNGJOO KIM, Coohaus art, New York, USA

2013  From the spot, TV12 Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2012  Twofold Line, Salon de H, Seoul, Korea

2010  Enumerated Void, Noam gallery, Seoul, Korea

2009  Ambiguous wall,  Kunstraum, Seoul, Korea

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021  Cololurful Power, Cheongju Museum of Art, Korea

2021  The Gaze of Contemporary Art, Yangpyeong Art Museum, Korea

2019  Encounter,  PYO gallery, Seoul, Korea

2019  HONGKONG ART Central, Hong Kong

2018  Art Busan, Busan, Korea

2017  Anti-Art Museum Show, K Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

2017  Rip Tide, N gallery, Seoul, Korea

2017  L.A. ART SHOW, Los Angeles Convention Center, LA, USA

2016  Harmony of Materials, Sophis Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2016  Contemporary Art in Deoksugung Palace, Seoul, Korea

2016  Arithmetic, SEUM art space, Seoul, Korea

2015  2GIL, 2-gil 29 gallery, Seoul, Korea

2015  The trace of line, Choi Jung Ah gallery, Seoul, Korea

2015  TOUCHING MOMENTS IN MACAU THROUGH ARTISTS' PERSPECTIVE, Ganainsa Art Center, Seoul, Korea  

2015  Home Scape, LOTTE Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2015  The good life, Seum Art Space, Seoul, Korea

2014  ART MIAMI contaxt , Miami, USA

2014  Affordable art fair Singapore, Singapore

2014  SOLIPSISMOS, ETHRA Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

2014  ARTNOVA 100, SZ ART Center, Beijing, China

2014  Occpy Jungmiso, Art space JUNGMISO, Seoul, Korea   

2014  Draw a space, S+ gallery, Seoul, Korea

2014  2014  INTRO, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

2014  Unexpected moment, Vogoze Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2014  Space: Life&Routine, Choi Jung Ah Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2014  LINE-drawing, Wumin Art center, Seoul, Korea

2014  2014 Young Revolution, Ion Art gallery, Singapore

2014  Double Logic, Space K, Gwangju, Korea

2013  Near and Dear objects, Art On, Singapore

2013  KOREAN ART SHOW 2013, Houston art fair, Houston, USA

2013  Variations on Canon, Coohaus art, New York, USA

2013  Four Multiplicities, Emoa space, New York, USA

2013  BIRTH, Yangpyeong art museum, Korea

2013  2013 Pyo project, Pyo Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2012  Artistic Period, Gallery Iteralia, Seoul, Korea

2012  The art of display, Eugean Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2011  ART EDITION, SETEC, Korea

2011  Become we, Next door Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2011  On, Plan, Make, TV12 Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2011  多重感覺, SAVINA museum of contemporary art, Seoul, Korea

2011  Charade, Leeahn Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2010  Meditation of Technology-Alchemy of steel,  Pohang Museum of steel Art, Korea

2010  DOORS ART FAIR 2010, Imperial palace Hotel, Seoul, Korea

2010  Off the map, Gallery 4walls, Seoul, Korea

2010  Free Style : A Dialogue Between Art and Design, Hongik museum of art, Seoul, Korea

2009  Nanji Relay Exhibition, Seoul national museum Nanji Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2009  Taehwa River Public Art Festival 2009-Breathing out, Korea

2008  Wise Answer about foolish Question, Kunst Doc Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2008  Hongje stream project, Seoul, Korea

2007  POSCO Steel Art Award, Posco Gallery, Korea

2007  10piston caliper, Soop Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2006  Bohemian space Ⅱ, Arko Art Center, Seoul, Korea

2005  Artist network program, Team Preview, Seoul, Korea

 

AWARDS

2008  Art Council Korea, Seoul, Korea

2007  POSCO Steel Art Award, Korea

 

COLLECTIONS

Incheon International Airport Terminal 2, Korea

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

Seoul Museum of Art, Korea

Pohang Museum of steel Art, Korea

The Federation of Korean Industries, Korea

Imperial palace Hotel, Korea

Lotte Hotel, Korea

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