Biography – Kiseok Kim

My work is the portrait related to contemporary people but there is no specific model. I choose something from unspecified persons and shape it according to my taste, so why I entitled my recent work “Plastic” connected with the idea of plasticity. The word “Plastic” is a very attractive word to me. It can be everything and is widely used in contemporary culture. With this idea, I also take a close look at everyday objects, especially patterns and colors in the media, and then I reflect them on canvas with my language.

     The portrait does not render a specific person; the person in my work is an idealized being. I try to get rid of expression on the face so it looks almost frozen or static. In addition, its background is simple and no spatiality is suggested. Extremely planar surfaces and simple colors or patterns without spatiality are ways I try to make tension by the contrast between objects and background. This idea is connected to the composition of my work. I enlarge portraits to a great extent, with the result that I am cutting out the top part of the forehead and the bottom part of the neck. Therefore, these portraits are unusual and unstable in their arrangements. It finally aims to maximize the tension of the composition.

     My art starts from the search for some sort of human condition in contemporary culture. The images on the canvas reflect my imagination as well as styles in popular culture and the media. They are expressed as symbols, colors, or realistic descriptions. However, there is no negative or positive view. My recent work is cultural expression about my surroundings as a landscape painter looks at landscape carefully and paints on canvas, but not to judge them. At the same time, however, it is to find something unique to say. The figures in my work are used as objects to illustrate my own relationship to the world or feelings I have.

Born in Korea
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NYEducation
2009  MFA in Painting, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1999  BFA in Painting, Dong-A University, Busan, KoreaSolo Exhibitions
2013  Substitution, Hionas Gallery LES, New York, NY
2011  Plastics, Hionas Gallery, New York, NY
2011  Plastic Play, Curated by Vaughn Massey, Spin New York, New York, NY
2009  Artgate Gallery, New York, NY
2008  MFA Thesis Show, Steuben South Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NYGroup Exhibitions
2015  The Writing on the Wall, The Painting Center, New York, NY

2015  Art Wynwood, Miami, FL
2015  Captain Planet, Kavachnina Contemporary, Miami, FL
2014  Art Wynwood, Miami, FL
2013  Houston Fine Art Fair, Reliant Center, Houston, TX
2013  Art Aspen, Benefits Paepcke Gallery, Aspen, CO

2013  Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL
2012  Year One, Hionas Gallery, New York, NY

2011  Casting Memories, Artgate Gallery, New York, NY
2011  Unabashed, Dacia Gallery, New York, NY
2011  20 in 11, Woodward Gallery, New York. NY
2010  Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, New York, NY
2009  About Face, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2009  Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, New York, NY
2009  20th International Juried Exhibition, Viridian Artists Gallery, New York, NY
2009  Investigations in Identity, The Be Hive, New York, NY
2009  Virtual Pathway, Gallery Satori, New York, NY
2008  Falling Away, Lana Santorelli Gallery, New York, NY

2008  Reflection of the Memory, Artgate Gallery, New York, NY
2008  Hope is Nowhere, Hope is Now Here, World Culture Open Center, New York, NY
2007  Pratt MFA Show, Steuben Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2007  Art Students Exhibition, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY
Biography – Kiseok Kim