Plastic Jogakbo #16
Yeon Jin Kim is a visual artist and filmmaker, born in South Korea and based in New York City.
Kim received a BFA in sculpture from Seoul National University and an
MFA in combined media from Hunter College.
Kim's most recent solo exhibition was held in 2020 at Gallery Mak in Seoul, South Korea. Other recent solo shows have been at the Society for Domestic Museology in New York, Albright College in Reading, PA and at the Cluster Gallery in Brooklyn, all in 2019.
Her films have recently been screened at the Philadelphia Asian Film Festival, New Filmmakers New York, Blow-Up Arthouse Film Fest Chicago and at the Glimmerglass Film Festival in Cooperstown, NY.
Her work was featured in the book "50 Contemporary Women Artists", edited by Heather Zises and John Gosslee, published by Schiffer Publishing in 2018.
She has done residencies at Outpost Artist Resources, the Teton Art Lab, the Winter Workspace Program at Wave Hill, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Fountainhead Residency, Columbus State University, I-Park, the Abrons Arts Center, Bric/Bcat, the Islip Museum, Sculpture Space, the Saltonstall Foundation and Yaddo.
Kim's multi-disciplinary practice encompasses animated films shot from miniature sets, cut-paper works, drawings and Jogakbo (Korean traditional quilting) inspired plastic quilts. Her work is equally influenced by her early life in South Korea and her last fifteen years in New York City.
Most recently, she formed an artist collaborative team, Jeju Island - Artist Collective, with Kyung-Jin Kim and Eunsun Choi. Jeju Island has received a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts and City Artist Corp grants from NYFA for their project “Radical Self Care for the Age of Ultra Anxiety”, which will be showcased in Bliss on Bliss Art Project Space.
Kim currently teaches at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Westchester Community College.
Yeon Jin Kim’s practice is based on traditional techniques put to new uses. Kim makes scroll drawings and constructs miniature models and characters from cardboard, paper, and other materials. She then uses them to film narrative videos. This deliberately low-tech process is often combined with various animation techniques.
Kim’s two recent video pieces are a ghost story and a monster/comedy. “Ghost in the Yellow House” is based on Kim’s cousin’s experience moving to upstate New York from Korea to live with her husband and newborn child. As she experiences alienation, language issues and social isolation, her American dream disintegrates and she experiences a hostile ghost in the form of white woman.
In “Monster Me”’ an ancient monster emerges from the “ Old Faithful” geyser in Yellowstone National Park and flies to Jackson Hole. It then attacks the artist at the Teton Art Lab Residency, devouring her. As it flies back to the geyser, the monster and the artist slowly merge into one.
These recent videos have been influenced by her experience of being an immigrant in the United States.
As a child, Kim was introduced to Jogakbo by her aunt who owned a Hanbok (Korean traditional garment) shop. Jogakbo developed as a way for lower-class people to wrap gifts for weddings and other celebratory events in the 17-19th centuries. Scrap pieces of fabric were stitched together, much like quilts, to create attractive wrappings. Kim’s aunt was particularly talented and her Jogakbo were lovely and visually sophisticated. Examples were gifted to family members and Kim’s mother passed hers down to her.
In updating this traditional Korean art form she is stitching together pieces of commercial plastic bags and also drug baggies she finds on the streets where she lives. As in traditional Jogakbo, the scrap elements have all been used, and are sewn together to create compositions influenced by the lived reality of her neighborhood folk.
2021 Radical Self Care for the Age of Ultra Anxiety, Jeju Island-Artist Collective Project, Bliss on Bliss Art Project Space, Queens, NY
2020 Konglish, Place Mak, Seoul, South Korea
2019 Konglish, Society for Domestic Museology, New York, NY
2019 Disjointed Fable, Freeman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA
2019 Yeon Jin Kim : Short Stories , curated by C.C. Marsh, Cluster Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2018 En Route, 2-person exhibition with Ted Lot, Curated by Sydney Waller and Megan Irving, Smithy,
2016 Fantastic Animation, Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY
2014 Imaginative World of Yeon Jin Kim, Biggin Gallery, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
2014 Fantastic Animation, Illges Gallery, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
2013 Based on True Story, 3-person Show, Marshall Arts, Memphis, TN
2012 Based on True Story, 3-person Show, Downtown Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2012 Spaceship Grocery Store, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
2010 All Intellectual Animals Are Dangerous, Lab Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Three Dreams, Brighthill Press, Delhi, NY
2009 View Points: Artifice and Reality, 2 Person Show, Catskill Art Society, Livingston Manor, NY
2021 Group Exhibition, Art Space Hue, Paju, Korea
2020 Cuts and Burns Online Screening Series, New York, NY
Flat File 2020, Peep Space, Tarrytown, NY
Winter Workspace 10 Year Anniversary: Returning to the Source, Wave Hill, Riverdale, NY
Unsustainable: A Planet in Crisis, Ewing Gallery, University of Knoxville, Knoxville, TN
2018 Postmodernism and Aesthetics : Collide or Steer? , Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Center, New York, NY
2016 Camera Lucida, Auburn Museum, Auburn, AL
2014 Drawn Into Other Worlds, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE
International Conference Art and Nature, video screening curated by Hogo Fortes and Jessica Ullrich,
Biblioteca Brasillian USP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Voyage, Golden Thread Gallery, West Hartford, CT
2013 Foundry Film + Video Series, The Foundry for Art, Design + Culture, Cohoes, NY
2012 Collage Logic, Hampden Gallery, Umass Amherst, MASS
Everything is Falling Apart, Curated by Matthew Garrison, Thomas Hunter Project Space,
Hunter College, New York, NY
2011 In Process, OMNI Gallery, Uniondale, NY
Lost, Curated by Amy Smith-Stewart, Invisible Exports, New York, NY
Collage Logic, Governor’s Island, New York, NY
AIR Space, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY
2010 Videorover, Nuture Art, Brooklyn, NY
PixelPops, Screening in Public Space, New York, NY
Apertures: Outopia, Eutopia and Other Spaces, Gallery 4 Walls, Seoul, Korea
You Can’t Do That on TV, Site Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Utopia in Utica, Islip Museum, East Islip, NY
2009 Mieterwechsel, Knopffabrik, Zwickau, Germany
Eclectic Visionaries, AHL Foundation Award Exhibition, New York, NY
Collage Logic, Storefront Artists Project, Pittsfield, MA
Part I, Cabernet Initiative. Brooklyn, NY
2008 Collage Logic, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY
to: Night, Times Square Gallery at Hunter College, New York, NY
ARTEXPO, New York, NY
Last Picture Show, ArtFormz, Miami, FL
2007 Deviant Behavior, ArtFormz, Miami, FL
Hun International, Hun Gallery, New York, NY
2019 Official Selection "Monter Me", Blow-Up Arthouse Film Festival, Chicago, IL
2019 Official Selection "Ghost in the Yellow House", Yonkers International Film Festival, Yonkers, NY
2019 Official Selection "Ghost in the Yellow House", South Europe International Film Festival, Valencia, Spain
2019 Official Selection "Ghost in the Yellow House", Aphrodite Film Festival, New York, NY
2018 Official Selection "Monster Me" Veritas Film Festival, Phillipsburg, PA
2018 Official Selection "Monster Me", Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA
2018 Honorable Mention "Monster Me", London-Worldwide Comedy Short Festival AUTUMN
2018 Official Selection "Ghost in the Yellow House", New Filmmakers NY, New York, NY
2018 Official selection "Ghost in the Yellow House", Glendale International Film Festival, Glendale, CA
2010 Giguk Video Art Festival, Germany
2008 5th Annual Reel Venus Film Festival 2008, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
2008 Detour – Third International Video Festival, Cairo,2008, Medar for Contemporary Arts, Cairo, Egypt
2021 City Artist Corps Grant, NYFA, New York, NY
2021 Grant, Queens Council on the Arts, (for Jeju Island Artist Collective), Queens, NY
2009 Artist Grant, Tony Smith Fund, Hunter College, New York, NY
2009 AHL Foundation Artist Grant, New York, NY
Fellowship/ Visiting Artist/ Artist in Residence
2017 The Artist House at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD
2017 Cuts and Burns Residency Program, Outpost, Ridgewood, NY
2017 Wave Hill Winter Workspace Program, Bronx, NY
2016 Teton Art Lab, Jackson, WY
2015 Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE
2015 Fountainhead Residency Program, Miami, FL
2014 Visiting Artist, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
2014 Visiting Artist, Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, GA
2014 Visiting Artist and Scholar Residency Program, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
2013 I-Park Residency Program, East Haddam, CT
2010-2018 Visiting Artist, Rockland Community College, Nyack, NY
2010-2011 Artist in Residence Workspace Program, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY
2010 In Process, Artist Residency, Islip Museum, East Islip, NY
2009 Artist in Residence, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY
2009 BCAT/BRIC Rotunda Gallery Video Program, 2009-2010, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Visiting Artist, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY
2009 Visiting Artist, Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, NY
2009 Residency Fellowship, Constance Saltonstall Foundation, Ithaca, NY
2009 Residency Fellowship, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY
Jogakbo is Korean traditional quilts or patchwork. This Plastic Jogakbo series is an update and celebration of Korean women's craftwork.
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