Exhibition Dates: September 6 – October 6, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 6 – 8 pm
Following on the success of exhibitions at Sundaram Tagore New York, Beverly Hills and Hong Kong, Korean artist Kim Joon presents digital prints from his newest series, Blue Jean Blues, for his third solo New York show.
Kim, who is based in Seoul, Korea, explores themes of desire, memory and youth using porcelain as his digital medium. Hefabricates compositions out of tableware, fragments of idealized nudes, and objects of rebellion, including guitars, fast cars and guns. Continuing his mastery of the computer software 3D Studio Max, Kim coats the white backgrounds and surfaces of objects, with pop culture imagery. He successfully juxtaposes old and new, traditional Asian motifs and new media.
A collision between reality and fantasy occurs as blue jeans take on a life of their own and inhabit their virtual surroundings—perching on an oversized guitar in Blue Jean Blues – Jimi Hendrix and a classic car in Blue Jean Blues – Rebel Without a Cause, alluding to society’s desire for material objects as well as nostalgic obsessions and attachments. The cultural symbolism associated with jeans is also the artist’s lament for the fading memory of his social resistance—expressed in earlier work through a fascination with tattoos.
In addition to works from the Blue Jean Blues series, works from Kim’s Drunken and Golden Hour series will also be on view.
Kim Joon was born in 1966 in Seoul, Korea. He has exhibited his work at the Total Museum, Seoul, Korea; The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwachon, Korea; the Gwangju Biennale, Korea; the National Taiwan Museum; Canvas International Art gallery, Amsterdam; Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin; Gallery Hyundai, Paris; Sabina Lee gallery, Los Angeles; Walsh Gallery, Chicago; the Saatchi Gallery, London; and Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong, New York, and Beverly Hills.