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Artist: MyungJin Kim


Artist: Myung Jin Kim
MyungJin Kim, MONTANA
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I have included many birds and assorted painted vessel forms in the tableaus that I have built from 2008 to 2012. I expanded that to include the use of different animals as well as the human figure in order to grow my ability to talk artistically about our complex human life.

The idea of vessels and containment has been very important to me. The physical human form is the embodiment of the spirit or essence of an individual and this signifies the essential element of life. Ceramic vessels are curious human invention created to solve simple or mystical problems. I have created many vessel forms and painted images on them that establish a dramatic space that is both real and surreal and of course I hope that the story I try to tell breaths a similar force of life into my work. The narratives I build come from ideas between the real and imaginary worlds which I purposefully intertwine. My work creates an intersection for both natural and cultural objects, which I am equally interested in making. I am inspired by still life paintings in particular from Europe and through this process find symbols and create narratives that run parallel to human experience with these stand-ins. I am at the same time fascinated and gratified that when I work with clay I can paint, draw and sculpt in many different ways In the same work.

I make decision on what forms to make instinctively. The birdcage, bird nest, terrarium, perfume jar and lab glass jar are vessels in real life that are curiously made out of a material that one can see through, wire or glass, so one simultaneously sees the outside form and inside space. I am intrigued by this and I create outside/inside surrealistic dramas with multiple point
perspectives with painted images and real forms in space related to the shape and usage of a particular vessel.

Currently Windgate Fellow & resident artist in Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT.

EDUCATION
2002 MFA in Ceramics, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

1998 BFA in Ceramics, Daegu University, Daegu, Korea

EXHIBITIONS
2018 Unthinkpink, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2017
Spot light Exhibit, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Archie Bray at the Kolva Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA
1st yr Fellowship Exhibtion, Warehouse Gallery, Archie Bray Foundation,
Helena, MT
Object Manner Means, Radius Gallery, Missoula, MT
Resident Artist Exhibition, Warehouse Gallery, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Bray Resident Artist Exhibition-NCECA, Portland, OR
Selections from Current Long-Term Artists in Residence, Univ of Montana, Bozeman, MT
Montana State Univ. Bray Days, Missoula, MT

2016
Fauv, Mobilia Gallery, Cambrige, MA
Archie Bray at the Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA
Redefining the Vessel, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Superlatives, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Dredged | Drawn, Fed Galleries, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand
Rapids, MI
La Mostra : Cortona 2015, lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia,
Athens, GA

2015 Mostra, Palazzo Vagnotti, Cortona, Italy
Beyond Morning Calm, Lill street Art center, Chicago, IL
Cerritos College 2015 Annual Faculty Show, Cerritos, CA

2014
A Clay Bestiary, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
Art Auction 2014, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2013 Small Favor VIII, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
ART Auction XV, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Biota, MotherDogStudios, NCECA, Houston, TX
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA, Houston, TX
Containment IV – All Stars, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC

2012
CAT, Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Three Person Show - Christina Bothwell, Robert Turner & Myungjin Kim, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
Reliquary, Imagine Gallery, Sudbury, Suffolk, England
Mostra Primavera 2012, Palazzo Vagnoti, Cortona, Italy
New Paths: 9 Emerging Ceramic Artists, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX
Small Favors VII, The Clay Studio, Philiadelphia, PA
Pray/Captured, Foster / White Gallery, Seattle, WI
From the Wall, Stories Emerge, Angie Newman Johnson Gallery, Alexandria, VI

2011
Tea for Two, Officine Saffi Gallery, Milan, Italy
One & Only, Artspace at John Michael Kohler Artcenter, Kolher, WI
Kolva-Sullivan Exhibition, Kolva- Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA
Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection, Archie Bray Foundation,
Helena, MT
Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2011 Artists to the Edge and Resident Artists, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Art Auction 14, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Composite Voices:Contemporary Asian America Craft, Artspace Gallery, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Kohler, WI
Skin, NCECA, Artful Living, St. Petersburg, FL

2010
Studio Potters, Trace Gallery, Athens, GA
It's all in the Details, SAC Arts Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
Nude in chicago, Perimeter Gallery & Chicago Navy Pier,
represented by Ferrin Gallery, IL
Six Decades in Clay: An expending Tradition, Univ. of Georgia Athens,
Athens, GA
The Things Themselves, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
ReObjectification : Art + Object, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
Arrowmont 2010 Instructor Exhibition, Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft,
Gatlinburg, TN
SOFA New York, represented by Ferrin Gallery, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY
Hermaphrodites : Living in two worlds, Wexler gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Santa Ana College Faculty Exhibition, SAC Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

2009
SOFA Chicago, represented by Ferrin Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
OCAC Artist-In-Residence Exhibition, Oregon College of Art and Craft,
Portland, OR
The Artists of Art Forum, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA
Art Auction 13, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Gallery - All Stars, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, MN
Teapots : Interpretations, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
FRESH : New Art, New Artists, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
SOFA New York represented by Ferrin Gallery, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY
NCECA Exhibition, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“The Future Timbre”, The 5th World Ceramic Biennale, Icheon, Korea
Palm beach 3 represented by Ferrin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

2008
SOFA Chicago, represented by Ferrin gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Summer Spectacular, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
New In Town, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA
Sip, Slurp, Gulp, Santa Fe clay, Santa Fe, NM
40+, Xiem clay center, Pasadena, CA
Emerging Talent, Santa Fe clay, Santa Fe, NM

2007
40+, Xiem clay center, Pasadena, CA
For the table, Santa Fe clay, Santa Fe, NM
Art Auction 12, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Botanical, Santa Fe clay, Santa Fe, NM
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA, Louisville, KY

2006 40+, Xiem Clay Center, Pasadena, CA

2005
05 Annual Student Show, CSULB Art Museum, Long Beach, CA
Myungjin Kim Solo Show, Werby Gallery, CSULB, Long Beach, CA

2002 Seoul National Univ. MFA Exhibition, Seoul National Univ. Art
Museum, Seoul, Korea

2001 Seoul National Univ. & Tokyo Univ. of the Arts Exchange Exhibition,
Tokyo, Japan

1998 Daegu Univ. BFA Exhibition, Daegu city Museum, Daegu , Korea

PUBLICATIONS
2011 Featured Emerging Artist, Ceramic Monthly, May Issue

2010 SOFA Chicago, New Ceramics, Mar/Apr Issue, p49

2009
SOFA New York Exhibition Catalog, The Art Fair Company, Chicago, IL
The Future Timbre, World Ceramic Exposition Foundation Press

2008
Ceramics for Beginners: Hand Building, Larkbooks, Shay Amber,
Santa Fe/North Venue, April, p.18, “Emerging Talent”
SF reporter, April, p.16-22, “Emerging Talent”

2007 Clay times, September& October, “Botanical” at Santa Fe Clay

2002 MFA Thesis, “Formation of Lightness” Seoul National University.

AWARDS & HONORS
2018 Windgate Fellow, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

2017 Taunt Fellow, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

2011 Myhre Scholarship, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

2007 Scholarship Travel Study – Korea / China, CSU Long Beach

2005 Scholarship Travel Study – Italy, CSU Long Beach

1999 Inha Scholarship, Seoul National University

1998 Presidential Scholarship, College of Fine Art, Daegu University


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