Korean Artist Project: Kim, Joon is one of 21 outstanding artists selected by the Korean Artist Project. The Korean Artist Project is a global online website which aims to promote Korean contemporary artists hosted by the Ministy of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Korea and organized by the Korean Art Museum Association. KAP has launched with a three-year plan spanning from 2011 to 2013. At the first step in 2011, art professionals and critics selected 21 artists, and curators from 13 private art museums organized their virtual solo exhibitions. KAP would love to introduce a diverse spectrum of Korean contemporary art to the global audience. Through these efforts, KAP will play a significant role in the promotion and development of Korean contemporary art. Also, the KAP will become a useful platform, which will serve as a stepping-stone to create cultural exchange and global networks with diverse art people. Please visit www.koreanartistproject.com
Critic's Note: Fetish, a Stifling Feast of Fleshes
The reason why Kim Joon’s works draw attention is because of the artist’s particular understanding and interpretation of tattoos as well as the uniqueness of the subject matter. Tattoos in his works do not contain typical content we commonly see, firmly established as a common sense.
The reason why Kim Joon’s works draw attention is because of the artist’s particular understanding and interpretation of tattoos as well as the uniqueness of the subject matter. Tattoos in his works do not contain typical content we commonly see, firmly established as a common sense. For instance, they are fetish signs of capitalism and of a society of consumption such as the logos of Adidas, Starbucks, Gucci, Chrysler, Ferragamo, Armani, Christian Dior, and Prada, individual and collective ideologies and faiths like that of the Red Devils or a particular party, tastes of a sub-culture reflected in a fan club like that for Jimi Hendrix, and childhood memories reflected in comic books like Superman. Each of us is imprinted with conscientized (meaning “made aware of important social and political issues”) tattoos socialized to certain faiths, signs, and tastes. These tattoos indicate desires individual and collective and of the era. The artist regards the desires that dominate people’s consciousness and sometimes even permeate their unconscious as a kind of conscientized and socialized tattoo.
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Artist's Education: Hongik University. Seoul, Korea. B.F.A., M.F.A., Painting.