Kalim Yoon

I've always had an interest in inventing my own devices and to use them in installations, creating the overall atmosphere of the space which based on reinterpretation of surroundings.

These things are specifically revealed through experiments where I attempt to induce experience that stimulate and renew the sense and movement of the body, the emotion or psychological state that are a recreation of ambiguous topic; which all occur by being confronted with the overall effect of the arrangement of sight, tactile sensation, hearing, or materials that can be felt specifically and touched. Especially, the psychological suspense left from the experience of personal and mixed situations and gestures from unfamiliar environment are relieved by leaving traces of such suspense through the object made from neutral pieces of materials.
These mediators borrow their form from familiar objects such as images derived from nature itself, but they become ambiguous through slight distortion. At the same time, they become my storytelling tools equipped with my intentions, and the essence can be found as I contemplate the duality of the image that is seen among the exploration of defining the subtle differences between reality and imagination.
In recent years I have been fascinated with embroidery since it represents such a precise accumulation of time and effort. I have studied Korean embroidery skills to depict the surrealism of the subject matter – those uncanny images derived from nature itself.
As my primary discipline has been that of the sculptor, the study of material and materiality has always been a fascination. Rediscovering the use of traditional skills and sharing their primordial characteristics, are often the basis of my work.
When I look at the primitive samplers of old or even the ancient medieval embroideries, I feel an absolute identification with the person who worked the piece. My imagination wanders through their state of mind and their circumstances – their desires, their passions and fears.
As I produce my own works I like to think they might trigger the same sense of inquiry inspiring a new audience with wonder and intrigue.

  • Education
    • 2007-2008 Research development programme, Slade school of fine art, UCL, London, UK
      2005-2007 MFA, Sculpture, Slade school of fine art, UCL, London, UK
      2004-1999 BA, Sculpture /Visual communication design, Seoul national university, Korea
  • Selected Solo Exhibitions
    • 2021 , Space Willingndealing, Seoul, Korea
      2016 , Space Willingndealing, Seoul, Korea
      2014 , Goethe Institut, Seoul, Korea
      2010 , Gallery Factory, Seoul, Korea
      2009 , Helene Nyborg Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Selected Group Exhibitions
    • 2021 , Geumcheon foundation for art and culture, Seoul, Korea
      2020 , Museum of Art, Seoul national university, Korea
      2019 , Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagne, Denmark
      2018 , SeMA, Seoul museum of art, Seoul, Korea
      2017 , Blume museum, Paju, Korea
      2016 , MMCA & Hyundai motors festival, Museum of modern and contemporary art, Seoul, Korea
      2016 , Bank of Korea, Seoul, Korea
      2015 < Mindful Mindless>, SOMA museum of art, Seoul, Korea
      2014 , K11 Art mall, Hongkong
      2013 , Simon gallery, Seoul, Korea
      2011 , Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
  • Residencies/Awards/
    • Residencies
      2021 Nanji art studio, Seoul museum of art, Seoul, Korea
      2015 Riddergade AIR, Viborg Kunsthal, Denmark
      2010 Geumcheon art space, Seoul foundation of art and culture, Korea

      2010 Culture & Art Creating Activity Supporting Programme, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Korea
      2016 Naver hello artist, Naver foundation of art and culture

      Seoul museum of art, MoA Seoul national university, Bank of Korea etc.
  • Link

‘Goymsang’& ‘Burnett’s useful plants’_2019_Korean embroidery on silk,Copper frame/Korean traditional sweets_dimension variable_Kunsthal Nicolaj

‘Three types’Baking_2016_cube,prism,cylinder molds,flour,yeast,oven etc._dimension variable_MMCA exhibition view

‘Three types’_2016_Perspex,neon_dimension variable_Space Willingndealing exhibition view

‘Folding regular solid’_2016_neon,paper etc._dimension variable_Bank of Korea exhibition view

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