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Joungsook Kim

EDUCATION
1976 B.F.A. in Fine Arts, Choo-Ge Art University, Seoul, Korea

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 Able Fine Art NY Gallery, Seoul
      Gallery Art Myuje, Seoul
2013 Able Fine Art NY Gallery, New York, US
        Able Fine Art NY Gallery, Seoul,Korea
2012 HanaArt Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2011 Villa Haiss Museum, Zell, Gemany
        Soul Art Space, Busan, Korea
2010 Through Gallery, Seoul, Korea
        Asan Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2009 Gallery Chaes, Busan, Korea
        Bongsan Art Festival, Bong Sung Gallery, Daegu, Korea
        Myeong Dong Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2007 Walter Bischoff Gallery, Berlin, Gemany
2005 Osaka International Art Festival, A.T.C, Osaka.Japan
        Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea
        Hans Gallery, Daegu, Korea
2004 Korea Contemporary Art Festival(K.C.A.F), Seoul Art Center, Korea
2003 Inthe Gallery, Yangpeong, Korea
2002 Intercontinental Hotel Live Gallery, Seoul, Korea
        Hwarang Art Fastival, Chung Gallery, Seoul Art Center, Korea
2001 Bom Gallery, Gwachun
2000 Hwarang Art Festival, Jongro Gallery, Seoul Art Center, Korea
1999 Gasan Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1998 Cast Iron Gallery, New York, US
1996 Dongju Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1995 Insa Gallery, Seoul, Korea

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006 The Exhibition of "The Reality of Painting and Sculpture", Gyungnam-do Art Museum, Korea
2003 CJ Invitational Exhibition of "Art in Life", Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea
        The Exhibition of "Human Emotion, Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea
        Contemporary Korean Artists Invitational Exhibition, Etiandcosan Gallery, France
        The Exhibition of "Japanese Road", Japan
2002 The Exhibition of "Seoul Tokyo 2002", Seoul Gallery, Seoul, Korea
        The Exhibition of "The Spirit of Korea", Greniterie Gallery, France
1999 South African Art Association Invitational Exhibition, Pretoria Gallery, Johannesburg
1998 World Art New York Exhibition, Cast Iron Gallery, New York,US
1996 International IMPACT Exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Art Museum, Japan
1994 The Exhibition of "Today's Korea", National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
        The Exhibition of Canada Joint, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea


ART FAIRS
2015 AAF Art Fair-Singapor, Singapor
2015 LA Art Show ,USA2014  Art Collect Art Fair, Iran
2013  Affordable Art Fair- Hongkong, China
2012  Affordable Art Fair-Singapore, Singapore,
2012-2007  Korea International Art Fair,Coex, Seoul, Korea
2011  Art Karlsruhe, Gemany
        Shanghai Art Fair,Shanghai, China
2010 San Francisco Art Fair,Sanfrancisco, US
        The Affordable Art Aair Singapore, Singapore
2010-2008  Hwarang Art Fastival,BEXCO, Busan, Korea
2012-2007  Seoul Open Art Fair,Coex, Seoul, Korea
2009  Daegu Art Fair,EXCO, Daegu, Korea
          Bongsan Art Fastival, Daegu, Korea
          Asia TOP Gallery Hotel Art Fair, Hyatt Hotel, Seoul,Korea
2008   Karlsruhe Art Fair (Karlsruhe, Germany)
          LA Art Show, LA, US
          Busan Binennale, Busan, Korea
          Daegu Art Fair,EXCO, Daegu, Korea
2007   Zurich Art Fair, Zurich, Switzerland
          Art Expo Las Vegas, Las Vegas, US
2006   Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, US
          Art Fair SIAC, Coex, Seoul, Korea
2004   International Contemporary Art Fastival, Lille, France
          Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China    
          Korea Contemporary Art Fastival, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2002   Hwarang Art Fastival, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea
1999   Chungdam Art Fastival, Seoul, Korea




* Review

Transmitting the Sounds of Nature:
Recent Paintings by Joung Sook Kim

Robert C. Morgan

The recent paintings of artist Joung Sook Kim are related to both Eastern and Western styles of painting. She often employs Korean-style brushwork on Korean paper (hanji), a traditional paper made from ground mulberry leaves and the bark of Elm trees. Joung Sook Kim enjoys the texture and strength of this paper as a surface on which to apply her Chinese inks and acrylic pigments. Eventually she mounts the paper on to a stretched canvas, which gives it further support. While both her manner of brush painting and saturating paper with ink are derived from her training at Art University in Seoul, her color shapes are clearly reminiscent of those used by Abstract Expressionist painters in New York during the 1950s. Specifically, the work of chromatic painter Mark Rothko comes to mind.

Joung Sook Kim’s “Artist’s Statement” is lucid and to the point. She believes that nature, and the sounds associated with nature, are the fundamental basis of her art. Her paintings strive to become not only an embodiment of these phenomena, but also an expression of her desire to connect with her feelings in nature. Two of her recent paintings from this year (2013), numbered 12 and 13, express contrasting views related to this emotional point of view.  In Sound of Nature #12, she gives emphasis to the density of the ink as it has absorbed into the hanji. This expresses an important tenet from the ancient Tao Te Ching that light is perceived through darkness as darkness is perceived through light.  In Sound of Nature #13, one senses the veritable lightness of Joung Sook Kim’s brushwork as an extension of her interior sensitivity. In this painting, the viewer makes contact with lightness more than darkness. Each of these paintings is a variation of an essential idea found in nature as expressed in the writings of Lao-tse, the Chinese sage who introduced the concept of the Tao (or “the way”) in the 5th century B.C. (Zhou Dynasty).

The Sounds of Nature to which Joung Sook Kim refers can be found in trees, plants, clouds, animals, meadows, mountains, and human beings. She is extremely tied to the landscape of her homeland in Korea. Yet her paintings are not meant to illustrate the landscape or any object in particular. Rather they are abstract paintings that express a state of mind, an emotional mood, and a manner of Being.  In paintings numbered 9 through 11, Joung Sook Kim paints initially with black ink and later adds an acrylic square shape that partially cover the surface. The contrast between the lightness of her brush painting and the opacity of the acrylic squares (red and white) also relates to the paradox expressed in the Tao Te Ching. In this instance, what is hidden is revealed and what is revealed is also hidden.  Originally, this idea is found in nature. This further suggests that human nature is most advanced when it gives close attention to the ways of nature and to the change in the seasons. The seasons of nature and the sounds of nature are pervasive, whether they happen in a day or in a year.  They are always present, even if we forget to notice them. Joung Sook Kim’s paintings point in the direction of nature’s reality as the reality that has become the source of her expression.

 
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