Korean Artist Project: Kim, Seung Young 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: Fragmentary Memories Dreaming of Communication beyond Space and Time
In Kim's work the wisdom and reason of fundamental being and a metaphor for this appear brilliant, beyond any distinction between nature and civilization, reason and sensibility, intellectual and perceptual worlds.
Kim's intentions to provoke and share the world with metamorphoses and new effects are intentional and work multi-dimensionally. Kim's work appropriates the products of capitalistic industrial society, though not its superficiality or banal representations of society. Kim borrows some urban daily aspects in his work. He invites an abstruse meaning of life, tracing cultures he had met by chance at a serene Buddhist temple. Kim's work reminds us of the dignity and mysticism of fresh life forms discovered in unknown plants and insects. Like relics, his work recalls traces of human life and the weight and meaning of cultural memories. It also shows lucid dewdrops formed on the leaves of grass, and let us hear the wind sound from a wind chime hanging under the eaves. These elements have magical power to revive our senses of sight, hearing, touch, and smell. His work does not ride on modern artistic discourse highlighting visual truth or physical elucidation of art, or Marshal McLuhan's concept of the age of electronic technology. In Kim's work the wisdom and reason of fundamental being and a metaphor for this appear brilliant, beyond any distinction between nature and civilization, reason and sensibility, intellectual and perceptual worlds.
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Artist's Education: Hongik University. Seoul, Korea. B.F.A., M.F.A. Sculpture