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DOOSAN Artist Award

ProgramsDOOSAN Artist Award
Kim Kyoungtae
DAC Artists Info

b. 1983
Born in South Korea
Lives and works in Seoul, Korea

 

Education

 

2016    MA, Master of Art Direction, École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL), Lausanne, Switzerland 
2008   BA, Visual Communication Design, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea 

 

Solo Exhibition

 

2019    Dropping to the Surface, Whistle, Seoul, Korea

 

Group Exhibitions 

 

2020    BUSAN: Point of View, F1963, Busan, Korea
2020    ANAMORPHOSE: DEPICT BUT BLURRY, DISTANT BUT VIVID, WESS, Seoul, Korea
2020    White Rhapsody, Wooran Foundation, Seoul, Korea
2019    Uneven Growing Point, Oil Tank Culture Park, Seoul, Korea
2019    LIVE FOREVER, HITE Collection, Seoul, Korea
2019    SEONG: Fantastic City, Suwon Ipark Museum of Art, Suwon, Korea
2019    The Unstable Objects, SeMA, Nam-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2018    Winter Club (Coffee Society), Seoul284, Seoul, Korea
2018    Seoul Photo Festival : Brave New World, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea 
2018    Still There, Sidae inn, Seoul, Korea
2018    After-sensation, Sophis Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2018    Spectres of the State Avant-garde, 2018 Venice Biennale Korean Pavilion, Venice, Italy 
2017    Papers and Concrete, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea 
2017    71EH, Tastehouse, Seoul, Korea
2016    No Longer Objects, SeMA, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2016    Wellknown Unknown, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2016    Graphic Design, 2005-2015, Seoul, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2015    Shadow Objects, COS Cheongdam, Seoul, Korea
2014    Straight-19 Korean Photographers, Common Center, Seoul, Korea 

 

Publications 

 

2019    Dropping to the Surface, Press Room
2018    Float 9 - The Serial Composition, Hezuk Press
2016    Angles, Press Room
2014    Cathédrale de Lausanne 1505–2022, Mediabus
2013    On The Rocks, Your-mind

 

 

 

Texture Mapping, 2019, inkjet print, 178x178 cm   

Scale Cube 1C, 2019, inkjet print, 80x80 cm

 

Serial Composisions 9, 2018, inkjet print, 140x105 cm

Reference Points 1, 2018, inkjet print, 80x80 cm

 

Brass Hex Nut M11.IMG, 2016, inkjet print, 125x100 cm 

 

Jury’s Statement

  As in previous years, the 11th DOOSAN Artist Award in the field of Fine Art involved three judges recommending three artists each, and deciding on the finalist through discussions on the nine recommended candidates. Artists working on various mediums including painting, sculpture, video and performance were recommended, and as all of the candidates were remarkable and competent artists with distinct and established practices of their own, it was difficult narrowing down to one winner for the award. Considering the fact that the award could serve as an opportunity for an important shift in the development of the artist’s future work, the jury came to the agreement that they should choose an artist who has demonstrated a gradual development and depth in their work in their steady and concentrated art practice.

  The winner of DOOSAN Artist Award this year is Kyoungtae Kim, an artist acclaimed for his photographic works that reflect his intense observations on matters. He explores small objects like stones, screws and books, and creates images that demonstrate the surface of his objects in a way that’s clearer than to the naked eye. This clarity is a result of overlapping a number of photographs and overriding the optical depth of field. The process involves gradual approach to the subject with the camera and taking hundreds of photographs. Parts in focus in each of the photographs are combined through the ‘focus stacking’ process, delivering the detailed form and texture, and ultimately the inherent material property of the subject. An assembly of the artist’s observation of matters, the dense images seem almost tangible.

  Kim’s work takes off from the logic of perspective analysis, to shedding light on the act of ‘seeing’, that is, the fundamental operating condition in visual art. While art reading today is a comprehensive process of reading, combining and interpreting the countless pieces of information connected inside and outside of the work, Kim’s work asks to be read through the perspective on one single object. The familiar but unfamiliar image, where each point of an object is evenly rendered and magnified, calmly captures the viewer’s busy and frenzied gaze in one single place.

  Kim’s work records matters that are often overlooked at a glance, in the combination of its various moments. It invites the audience to think about what remains and what is lost, and what is distorted and left out when a three-dimensional subject is rendered as a flat image. Kim’s work is exciting in that the artist persistently and patiently deals with these questions through photography, while applying his own sharp senses to his observations.

  We hope that this award contributes to the artist’s career, giving him the time and freedom to focus solely on his creative endeavors. Although Kim hasn’t shown his works in many solo exhibitions in comparison to the period of his career, this award hopefully gives impetus to his art practice as Kim prepares his solo exhibition at DOOSAN Gallery.

 

_Judging committee Seong Eun Kim, Jiyeon Kim, Haeju Kim

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