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Eyes of a Curator, Tips for Viewing the Virtual Exhibition (1) Curator Lee Ji Min, from Youngeun Museum

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Eyes of a Curator, Tips for Viewing the Virtual Exhibition
 
(1) Curator Lee Ji Min, from Youngeun Museum


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Captured image of work by the artist, Jonak Kim, in the Virtual Exhibition

Jonak Kim exhibition, 《The Beauty of Balance Existing among Conflicting Images》

Artist Jonak Kim and Youngeun Museum first established their relationship when he participated as one of the 4th-session members of Youngeun Artist-In-Residence Program in 2003. Their relationship continues with the Korean Artist Project, also known as KAP, where they are working together once again.

Artist Jonak Kim depicted objects with free-flowing brush strokes on wood panels, cloth, and various materials. His work seems like an Eastern painting created with quick, single stroke. At the same time, the forms and materials of his work also reference a Western painting. However, the painter himself is not interested in the boundaries between Eastern and Western painting. Instead, he wants to reveal his own pictorial language by breaking down the boundaries between Eastern and Western painting.


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Grape, 2007, Mixed Media on Panel, 130 x 162cm


The artist has obviously changed from the last encounter. His artistic realm has expanded from painting to installation art. Most artists want their exhibitions to be filled with their latest work. However, this exhibition is comprised of representative work spanning the last 20 years, arranged by period from 1994 to his latest work, highlighting the evolution of his art.

Though many things have changed, one thing remains constant in his work, and that is his deliberation between images and symbols. His representative work, 'Grape' series, illustrates this deliberation. In this series, the image seems to depict grape forms. However, if one looks closely, it reveals numbers, symbols, faces, and various other stories within each grape.



Though many things have changed, one thing remains constant in his work, and that is his deliberation between images and symbols. His representative work, 'Grape' series, illustrates this deliberation. In this series, the image seems to depict grape forms. However, if one looks closely, it reveals numbers, symbols, faces, and various other stories within each grape.


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Grape, 2002, Mixed Media on Panel, 225 x 340cm


“Conflicting elements are inside of me and they want to express themselves in my work,” the artist explains. He did not elaborate on exactly what those elements are and added, “It is left solely to the viewers to find the symbols in my work.”






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