KIM Young-Hun
(b. 1964, Korea)
Lives and works in New York and Seoul

KIM Young-Hun (b. 1964, Korea) is a Contemporary Korean artist who is known for his abstract and vibrantly colored canvases. His paintings are concerned with the relationship between the analog and the digital.

Although Kim keeps a safe distance from new media works in regards to his artistic process, his observations interpret a futuristic nostalgia, creating “digital paintings with analog sentiments”. He is concerned with what invisible thing lies between the 1 and 0 of binary codes, an infinity that the artist knows is impossible to express in numbers. In hs famed “Electronic Nostalgia” series, Kim creates digitally inspired images with "Hyukpil", a traditional Korean technique in which the painter mixes various colors and paints with rapid strokes using a leather brush. This technique has been perfected by the artist who has studied it for years. It compliments and clashes with the tectonic elements of his paintings, creating a web of colors, lines and fragmented forms.

Kim Young-Hun was born in Korea in 1964. In 1992 he received his BFA from Hongik University in Seoul. In 2007, he finished his MFA studies at Goldsmiths, University of London and received his second MFA from the Chelsea College of Arts in London in 2008. His works have been presented through many solo & group exhibitions at Espas Icar Issy-les-Moulineaux (Paris), Desmina Gallery (London), Vestfossen Museum (Norway), and Sungkok Museum (Seoul) amongst others. His work is in the public collections of the Bank of America, National Museum of Modern/Contemporary Art in Korea, Kolon Group, Zaha Museum and Sungkok Museum.

Education
2008: M.F.A, Chelsea college of Art and design, University of Arts London
2006-2007: Gold Smiths college, University of London, UK
1988-1992: B.F.A Hongik University, Seoul
Solo Exhibition
2019: Electronic Nostalgia, Richard, New York, NY, USA
2017: Virtual-Scape, Choi&Lager Gallery, Seoul
2016: Noise-Electronic Nostalgia, Gail Art Museum. Gapyung, South Korea
2013: Cloud Map, Space K, Daegu, South Korea
2012: Cloud Map, ZAHA Museum, Seoul
2012: Cloud Map, Nuovo gallery, Daegu, South Korea
2010: Electronic Nostalgia-Broken Dream, Sung-Kok Art Museum, Seoul
2003: Höherweg 271 Studios, Dusseldorf, Germany
2002: EspaceIcar, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris, France
2001: CitéInternationale des Arts, Paris, France
1997: Dark Side of the Moon, Woong-Jun gallery, Seoul
1995: Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Jang-heung, South Korea
Collective Shows(Selected)
2018: Color Matters, Richard, New York, NY
2018: Kim Young-Hun, Kim Jin, gallery Lee Bae, Busan, South Korea
2017: Visualizing Today, Hongik Museum of Art, Seoul
2017: Imperfect Consonance_YoungHun Kim & Robert Muntean, UNC gallery, Seoul
2016: The Middle Distance - Shane Bradford & KIM Young-Hun, Choi&Lager Gallery, Cologne, Germany
2016: Visual Arithmetic: The 64 Formal codes, Lee Eugean gallery, Seoul
2016: Please Return to Busan Port. Vestfossen Museum, Norway
2016: Noise-Electronic Nostalgia, Paik Haeyoung gallery DDP space, Seoul
2015: SamSaikDo, Jaha Museum, Seoul
2015: Have a good day, Mr. Kim, Kunstraüme, Cologne, Germany
2014: Neo Sansu, Daegu art museum, Daegu, Korea
2014: Best Portrait Collection-Artist’s Room, gallery won, Seoul
2013: HomUtopicus, Hada Contemporary, London, United Kingdom
2013: Korean Contemporary Painting-33 Artists, Kangdong art center gallery, Seoul
2013: Presents from Artists, gallery Sein, Seoul
2013: Multi Effect, gallery Ihn, Seoul
2013: British Impact, gallery Lee & Bae, Pusan, South Korea
2013: Fantasy Will be There, Daegu art factory, Daegu, South Korea
2012: Kumkang Nature Art Biennale, Gong-Ju, South Korea
2012: Transformed Human, Spaec K, Kwang-Ju, South Korea
2012: The Secret, Kwangju Museum of Art, Kwang-Ju, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, ARKOArt Center, Seoul
2011: From a Distance, Keep a Distance, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
2011: 31 Emerging Artists, Gallery forest, Seoul
2011: Pity on Utopia, Art space LOO, Seoul
2010: Art Actually, Gallery Kunstdoc, Seoul
2010: Electronic Nostalgia, Mullae art factory, Seoul
2010: Art Share, Dong-duk art gallery, Seoul
2010: Over the Rainbow, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
2009: Digital/Multiple Emotion, Sejul gallery, Seoul
2009: Nomadic Project (Time and Space), Dalanzadgad City Museum, Gobi, Mongolia
2009: ‘Defamiliarisation’ by Anna art project, Nolias gallery, London, United Kingdom
2008: 4482, Oxo tower, Barge house, London, UK
2008: Condensation 2008, Desima gallery, London, UK
2007: 4482, Kingston business park, London, UK
2003: Kim Young-Hun & Moon ByungTak, Ingolstadt city gallery, Ingolstadt, Germany
2002: Kim Young-Hun & Christelle Spano, Paris Project Room, Paris, France
2002: Biennale d’art contemporain de Saint-Cloud ‘Nature Cult’, Musée des Yvelines, France
2002: Waldkunstpfad (Forest Art Path), Black Forest, Darmstadt , Germany
2002: JeuneCréation 2002, Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France
2001: It's a Wonderful World - Sol, Mur, Temps, Espaceartsenal, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
2001: Un Certain Regard sur la Nature, Abbatiale, Bernay, France
2001: 0 + X, Espace Bateau-Lavoir, Paris, France
2001: EnergieRaum, Städtische Galerie Dreieich, Dreieich, Germany
2001: JeuneCréation 2001, Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France
2000: Fiestalux, Rue de Pont Neuf, Paris, France
2000: Media Art 21-Virtually Yours, Sejong Art Center, Seoul
1999: '99 Environmental Art Festival, KwanghwaMun Station, Seoul
1999: Blasphemy-Dying to be Cruel, Monstrous, Strange, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
1998: Incheon Multimedia Art Festival, Inchon Art Center, Korea
1997: Our Cultural Legacy - View Point of Today, Sung-Kok Art Museum, Seoul
1997: Dismantlement and revival-D.M.Z, ARKO Art Center, Seoul
1997: Body as Text, Kumho Art Museum, Seoul
1996: The Stream of The New Generation; Technology and Anti-Technology, ARKO Art Center, Seoul
1996: Good Morning Mr. Stomach, Gihon river project, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, U.S
1995: Joong-ang Fine Arts Prize, Seoul Museum of Art
1994: Review 1995-Today, gallery doll, Seoul
1994: New Prospect '94, Moran Museum of Art, Kyungki-do, S.Korea
Press / Newsmedias
Kim Young-Hun: Electronic Nostalgia, nycgalleryopenings.com by Odelle Abney, 2019
dArt international, Spring 2018
Hong Kong Ming Pao, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, JungAng Daily, DongA Daily
Art Fairs & Auctions
2018: Art Busan, Artnet Asian contemporary painting, Hong Kong Christy Autumn sale
2017: Hong Kong Christy Auction, Autumn Sale
2017: Art Central Hong Kong,Art Miami
2016: Art Busan, Art Miami Context
2015: Art Central Hong Kong,London art fair, KIAF
Awards & Residency Programs
2003: Höherweg 271, Dusseldorf, Germany
2000-2002: Samsung residency program, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
1996: Freeman fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, U.S.A
1995: Grand prize, Joongang Fine Art Prize, Seoul
Collections
Art Bank-National Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul
Government Art Bank-National Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, Bank of America, New York
ZAHA Museum, Seoul, Sung-kok Art Museum, Seoul, Samsung Museum of Art Leeum, Seoul
The Arts Club, London,Kolon Group, Seoul,KOEX Kimchi Museum, Seoul
Today’s digital world mixed with the real world is rapidly changing people’s lives through the simple code of 0’s and 1’s.This phenomenon is triggered by the smart devices in our hands and the computer systems that surrounds our everyday life. However, people like me, born in between the analog generation and digital generation, are looking at something that has been erased between the digital signal of 0’s and 1’s. Those somethings are similar to the mathematical infinity that exists between the two digital codes, or the linear sonic signal that exists in the micro valleys of a vinyl record; for those that remember them.

Emanating from my current paintings (screens) are recognitions of stripes from a Brown bulb, white noise from digital screens like waves on the calm lake, or wind trembles from instrument strings.I see my new paintings as lying in one of the cracks that is located in between the digital world and analog world.I believe that my paintings are generating an electronic-like abstract painting language that is touching or pushing (interference)on some part of the delicate boundaries of our shifting digital/reality lives.

The paintings combine a traditional Korean painting technique called Hyukpil, that uses a leather ink brush with contemporary Western post abstract digital painting language.The stripes are made mostly by one continuous brush stroke across the canvas with the oil colors melting together and flowing like ink.By having just one layer of paint, I keep the trace of my trembling brush strokes while having the glossy shallow depth of a screen.If I try to add more layers on top of that, it can easily erase or ruin the delicate parts of the brush traces.The spectrum of garish neon to muddy colors covering the canvas reflect our color saturated world.

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