Picture : Jiana Kim, Blue inside blue porcelain, polyvinyl acetate resin, stain, variable dimensions, 2019
_JIANA KIM - THE ALCHEMIST OF CLAY
Opening Brunch- Sunday 15.09.2019 from 13:00 to 19:00 in presence of the artist.
JIANA KIM- Born in Seoul in 1972, lives & works in Seoul, South Korea.
For her first exhibition at the Art'loft gallery, Lee-Bauwens, the artist Jiana Kim will present a series of works made during the summer at the Boghossian Foundation's artist residency.
To Jiana Kim, clay is a means through which she fulfills her desire to draw with “light.” In considering herself simply as an artist who works with clay- rather than a ceramic artist. Jiana Kim had been contemplating on how to express her artistic inspiration from light. She was captivated by the infinite possibility of clay’s formative nature and began to devote her work to it.
Sharp-edged porcelain pieces of various shapes or resemble cracked egg shells are analogous to all matters in the world, and together, these pieces construct a small universe on the surface to which they are attached. Kim’s porcelain pieces may be metaphors for the 7 billion people residing on earth, or they may simply represent the beauty of assembly as a conventional value.
Jiana Kim’s porcelain artworks were originally inspired by the translucent quality of bone china. Yet Kim’s work also clearly reminds us of the trans- lucent glow of light created by traditional Korean windows and doors, so I wish to relate her work to these windows and doors made with changhoji, traditional Korean paper. Korean windows and doors were designed to filter the strong sun rays and let soft light into the rooms. Implicit in this design are Korean ancestors’ wisdom and their spirit of moderation.
It is perhaps by coincidence, but is it quick to conclude that Jiana Kim’s porcelain artworks remind us of Dansaekhwa (Abstraction Korean monochrome painting), which has been receiving international spotlight ? Considering the trend of later period Dansaekhwa painters using various industrial materials, it seems reasonable to place Kim’s porcelain paintings in the Dansaekhwa category.
Yoon, Jin-Sup, Art Critic
2008 Ph.D. in Craft &Design,Completed a Course in Seoul National University, South Korea
2002 M.F.A. in Fine Arts, Montclair State University, New Jersey, U.S.A
1998 B.F.A. in Product Design, Parsons School of Design, New York, U.S.A
2019 BOGHOSSIAN FOUNDATION, Residency artist, Belgium
2018 GYEONGGI CREATION CENTER, Residency artist, South Korea
2011 ARKO ART CENTER, Artist chosen, South Korea
2008 TAIWAN Ceramic Biennale
SEOUL OLYMPIC MUSEUM OF ART (SOMA), Artist chosen, South Korea
2007 WHANKI MUSEUM, Artist chosen, South Korea
This exhibition running between 15.09 au 20.10.2019
For any request contact the gallery
ART’LOFT, Lee-Bauwens Gallery Phone + 32 (0)475 41 19 63 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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