Reconfiguring the Ordinary
Yong Joo Kim, a native of Seoul, Korea, is an artist who explores the concept of inner-beauty by introducing unconventional use of familiar artifacts into a world full of conventions. As both an independent artist and the founder of her own line of jewelry, Sublime Experiment, she continues her search into the concept of inner-beauty and the process of exploration responsible for uncovering it from an unlikely source.
1 Yong Joo Kim 2011 Reconfiguring the Ordinary Yong Joo Kim 2011 Reconfiguring the Ordinary Copyright � 2011 by Yong Joo Kim All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Manufactured in the United States of America. First edition 2011 Design by Yong Joo Kim Art direction by Seung Chan Lim This book was set in Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk and SJ. All Body of Work photography by Studio Munch. All Work on Body photography by Affandi Setiwan. All Past Work photography by Studio Munch except photos 1, 5, 8, and 11 by Jin Kyun Ahn. Page 81 photography by Afttandi Setiwan. Foreward 6 Body of Work 8 Work on Body 36 The Artist 66 Past Work 72 In my previous body of work, I explored the value of mundane objects -- such as beans, straws, pins, snaps, cable ties, Velcro and electric caps -- and discovered their hidden beauty through a process of reconfiguration. Since I was used to working with precious metals and starting each project with a clear vision of what each piece should look like, exploring and experimenting with a variety of materials gave me a wholly different perspective on both my work and my working process. After graduation, I was left with a limited set of tools and equipments. The limitation of resources made me search for a material that I could shape with my bare hands. The material I chose was pieces of grey and black Velcro. The Velcro attached and detached easily, making it highly conducive to stacking and piling. It was also possible to cut, roll, bend, and sew the Velcro using just hand tools. Its hooks had a sparkling quality, which I was attracted to as well. For the past 2 years, I pushed the limitation of this one material to create hundreds of complex forms. During this time, I noticed that this kind of exploratory process takes on a form similar to that of the evolutionary process found in nature. More specifically, there is a process called artificial selection, which describes intentional breeding for certain traits, or a combination of traits, by human. Within my working process, I use my judgment, aesthetic bias, and imagination to continuously choose and select specific traits of my chosen material to be further developed and accentuated. This becomes the foundational principle behind how new form develops in my work. The artificial selection is generally much faster than natural selection, and it has been fascinating to realize that even in a climate of such limited resources, infinite possibilities can be brought to fruition through this process. 2011 Yong Joo Kim 9 2 , , , , . . , . , . . . 2 , , , . . (artificial selection) . , , , . , , , , . . Foreward 2011 Body of Work The explorer is actually one who seeks discoveries. 13 He is not simply and solely the discoverer. Instead, the accent is upon the process and activity, which is likewise not casual. It is purposeful. - William H. Goetzmann Historian / Author of Exploration and Empire Velcro 14 � 15 � 2.5 inch Spring 2011 Velcro and Sterling Silver 18 � 8 � 0.5 inch Fall 2010 Velcro 12 � 16 � 4 inch Spring 2011 Velcro 8 � 15 � 3 inch Spring 2011 Velcro 5 � 7.5 � 1.75 inch Spring 2011 Velcro and Sterling Silver 3.5 � 4 � 1 inch Spring 2011 Velcro 3.75 � 4 � 1 inch Spring 2011 Velcro and Sterling Silver 3.5 � 3 � 3 inch Spring 2011 Velcro and Sterling Silver 2.5 � 2 � 1 inch Spring 2011 Velcro and Sterling Silver 1.25 � 1.25 � 1.25 inch Spring 2011 Velcro and Sterling Silver 7 � 6 � 1 inch Fall 2010 Velcro 16 � 14 � 15 inch Fall 2010 Work on Body "What is so wonderful with jewelry is that it has a public arena 41 beyond the white-washed gallery walls. This is something that few other art forms have." - Magdalena Ringels Jewlery Artist Yong Joo Kim was born and raised in Seoul, the metropolitan capital of Korea. While Seoul is a beautiful city on the surface, what she was faced with in reality was the presence of the cutthroat competition that permeated the culture. them into something new. Instead of her usual repertoire of precious metals, her choice of materials now came from the corners of our everyday lives. By assembling, grouping, clustering, and piling these small Immersed in competition, she was taught that recognition was the ultimate goal, and that scoring high on exams, and entering high-ranked universities were the only ways to gain recognition. For her and her female colleagues, competition didn't end in academics. While she was too afraid to go under the knife, ten of her friends eventually went on to receive plastic surgery. They believed that beauty afforded greater probability of getting a good job or finding a successful husband: both effective ways to gain recognition. A similar desire for beauty was the goal of her undergraduate artwork. She started each project with a clear vision of what each piece should look like. She then judged and valued her work based on how closely her production matched the design. She spent long hours filing, sanding, and polishing precious metals. She did not enjoy this process, but felt that it was a small price to pay to achieve the beauty she desired. However, all this changed when she moved to the small city of Providence for graduate school. The culture shock, the language barrier, and the workload all came as a shock. And soon she realized that without the cultural restrictions of home, she was able to explore her environments more freely. She didn't know what the social norm was so she wasn't pressured by it. With nobody to stare at, and nobody to be stared by, she started to dress down. Day by day, she felt the longing for beauty start to dissolve. In its place was now a new desire: a desire to explore the new environment, to understand, internalize, and to empathize. Through this process of exploration, she realized that the world is full of unnoticed yet beautiful objects. As she became interested in their potential, she began the process of evolving and simple elements, she also learned something unexpected. No matter how mundane or insignificant a material seemed, as long as the process of exploration began with a firm belief in its special inner qualities, she was eventually surprised to discover that it possessed qualities that she did not know existed. Yong Joo's work introduces unconventional use of familiar artifacts into a world full of conventions. In doing so, she explores the meaning of inner-beauty by suggesting that we, too, can be surprised by our own hidden qualities, if we maintained a firm belief in ourselves, and searched for them. As the wearer approaches her work, she hopes to communicate the sudden and unexpected realizations that spark wonder, discovery, tension, joy, and play. And perhaps these moments of surprise can give us the motivation to wake up each morning in search for more. Upon graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, she became a finalist for the Lydon Emerging Artist Award (l e a p ). Then in 2010, she received the Professional Arts Development (pa d ) grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts ( r i s c a ). Her work has been internationally exhibited at museums and galleries in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, Sydney, Firenze and Seoul. Her work has also been selected as part of the prestigious Museum of Arts and Design's (m a d ) permanent collection. 71 . . , , . , . , 10 . , . . , . , , , . . , . , . , , , . , , , . , . . , , , , . . . . , , , , . , . . , , The Artist (m a d ) . 2009 (r i s d ) , Lydon (l e a p ) . 2010 ( r i s c a ) (pa d ) , , ,, , , . Education 2009 M F A in Jewelry and Metalsmithing Rhode Island School of Design (R I S D) Providence, R I , U.S.A 2004 B F A in Arts and Crafts (Metals and Textiles) Sook Myung Women's University, Seoul, Korea Collections 2010 Museum of Arts and Design Permanent Collection New York, NY, U.S.A. Meredith Bernstein Private Collection New York, NY, U.S.A. Jacinta Remedios Private Collection New York, NY, U.S.A. Patience Malone Private Collection New York, NY, U.S.A. Teaching Experience 2011 Instructor, Jewelry and Light Metals : The Basics Continuing Education Class, RISD, Providence, RI Instructor, Jewelry and Light Metals : Intermediate Continuing Education Class, RISD, Providence, RI 2010 Instructor, New Jewelry: Materials and Techniques Continuing Education Class, RISD, Providence, RI Instructor, Jewelry Fabrication: The Basics The Steel Yard, Providence, RI Instructor, Jewelry and Light Metals Continuing Education Class, RISD, Providence, RI 2009 2008 Instructor, Introduction to Jewelry RIS D, Providence, RI Instructor, Introduction to Jewelry RIS D, Providence, RI Publications 2011 Art Jewelry Today 3 Schiffer Publishing LTD, U.S.A Milk X Magazine : Artist Interview (April) Quarry Bay, Hong Kong 500 Silver Jewelry Designs Lark Books, Sterling Publishing Co. INC, U.S.A. 2010 Map Magazine: Artist Interview (Mar) Sydney, Australia Wearableartblog.com: Artist Interview (Feb) Contemporary Jewelry Website, U.S.A. 2009 Desing-milk.com: Featured Artist (Dec 18) Contemporary Art and Design Website, U.S.A. 18kt.es: Featured Artist (Dec 3) Contemporary Jewelry Blog, Spain Art Jewelry Forum To Be Determined: The First Five Exhibition, Reviewed by Yumi Janairo Roth Providence Journal Article (May 21) by Bill Van Siclen Reconfiguring the Ordinary by Yong Joo Kim 73 Selected Exhibition 2011 Reconfiguring the Ordinary II (Scheduled Nov 22 � Dec 1) Hangaram Design Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair (Scheduled Aug 19 � Aug 22) Grand Hyatt, Seoul, Korea Ten � Ten � Ten | Tieton (Scheduled Aug 13 � Oct 2) Mighty Tieton Warehouse Gallery, Tieton, WA Pawtucket Foundation Prize Exhibition Pac Gallery, Pawtucket, RI Recontextualizing the Found Object Martha Gault Gallery, Slippery Rock, PA 2010 Wrapped Studio 20/17 Gallery, Sydney, Australia Eccentric Fusion Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI LOOT Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY Money Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI Reconfiguring the Ordinary Gallery HL, Seoul, Korea Inflate / Deflate Studio 304 Gallery, Providence, RI 2009 The Present: International Jewelry Show Gallery HL, Seoul, Korea From Minimal to Bling: Contemporary Studio Jewelry Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA To be Determined: The First Five Exhibition Hatton Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO The 6th Cheongju International Craft Cheongju Arts Center, Cheongju-Si, Korea Nuit Blanche The Metal Guild of Canada , Toronto, ON, Canada East/West Emerging Artists Exchange Center on Contemporary Art (COCA), Seattle, WA RISD MFA Graduate Thesis Exhibition Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI Revolution Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), Philadelphia, PA Present / Represent Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), Philadelphia, PA Imaging Desire: The Aegis Biennial Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 2008 Wear We Are : Graduate Jewelry Biennial Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI 3rd Annual Intercollegiate Metals Exhibition 100 Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ Plastic Arts Survey Hiller Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI Cresting SNAG, Savannah College Art and Design, Savannah, GA Surge SNAG, Savannah College Art and Design, Savannah, GA 2006 Red Box: The 29th SOOM Group Exhibition INSA Art Center, Seoul, Korea Sook Myung Art Festival Hangaram Design Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea 2003 Crafts Show Artbijou Jewelry Gallery, Sejong Center, Seoul, Korea Arts and Crafts B FA Graduate Show Chung Pa Gallery, Seoul, Korea Awards and Grants 2010 Professional Arts Development Grants (PAD) Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Providence, RI SAC Artist Awards Top 5 finalist juried by Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA 2009 Lydon Emerging Artist Award (LEAP) Finalist juried by the Society for Contemporary Craft, PA Royal Marcher Scholarship Supported by Mr. H.J. Feibelman Graduate Studies Fellowship Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 2008 The Bayerischer Kunstgewerbe-Verein Award (B KV) Photo juried by Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim and Vertreter des Bayerischen Kunstgewerbe-Vereins, Bavarian Crafts Council, Munich, Germany Royal Marcher Scholarship Supported by Mr. H. J. Feibelman Graduate Studies Fellowship Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI Past Work 1 2 3 4 77 5 6 7 1 Electrical Caps, Steel 13� 19�3 / 2009 2 Beans, Cable Ties 8� 8�1 / 2008 3 Beans, Cable Ties, Sterling Silver 8 7� 5� 2 / 2008 4 Beans, Rubber Bands, Cable Ties 8�19� 2 / 2008 5 Velcro, Stainless Steel, Sterling Silver 2�4� 2 / 2009 6 Beans, Cable Tie 12�11� 2.5 / 2008 7 Velcro, Sterling Silver 4�4� 2.5 / 2009 8 Electrical Caps, Sterling Silver 4� 2� 2 / 2008 9 10 79 11 12 9 Straws, Rubber Bands, Sterling Silver 10�15� 2 / 2009 10 Straws, Brass, Sterling Silver 8� 20� 2 / 2009 11 Velcro 12� 20�3 / 2009 12 Beans, Cable Ties 8� 6�1.5 / 2008 For the artist's latest as well as the rest of past work, please visit http://yongjookim.com If you'd like to get in touch with the artist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org