Born in South Korea, Lives and works in Adelaide. Jonathan Kim’s practice places a deep importance on the relationship between material and its environmental factors, named as Gong-Gan-Seong (spatiality). Kim’s works not only demonstrate the true value of mediums or materials but also provides people with a spatial experience through the concept of Gong-Gan-Seong. Kim’s core research has been inspired by Korean artist Lee Ufan's philosophy of Man-Nam (Encounter), an enquiry rooted in Japanese sculptural concept Mono-ha and Korean painting style Dansaekhwa as a part of Post-Minimalist art movement in the 1970s. However, the original idea of Man-Nam was somewhat limiting when applied in this society. Therefore, Kim is expanding and rediscovering the new meaning of Gong-Gan-Seong by researching other Post-Minimalist art movements.
Jonathan Kim b. 1977 Yong-in, South Korea
Education 2018 Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours), University of South Australia, Adelaide 2017 Bachelor of Visual Art (Sculpture), University of South Australia, Adelaide 2015 Diploma of International Business, TAFE SA, Adelaide 2015 Certificate IV in International Trade, TAFE SA, Adelaide 2004 Bachelor of International Trade and Economy, Shanghai University of Finance and Economy, Shanghai, China
Voluntary Works 2013 – 2019 Graduation Photographer, English Language Centre, TAFE SA, Adelaide
Research and Residency Program Sauerbier House culture exchange Artist in Residence (AiR) program, Port Noarlunga (Oct-Dec 2019) British School at Rome Residency, Rome, Italy (Apr-Jul 2019)
Award, Grant and Scolarship 2018, 2019 Finalist, Korean Australian Art Foundation Art Prize, Sydney 2019 Emerging Artist Development Grants, Arts South Australia, Adelaide 2019 British School at Rome Residency Award, Helpmann Academy, Adelaide 2019 Linden New Art Award, Linden New Art, Melbourne 2019 Guildhouse Office Space Award, Guildhouse, Adelaide 2018 University Merit Award, University of South Australia, Adelaide 2018 Judge’s Commendation, Korean Australian Art Foundation Art Prize, Sydney 2018 Vacation Research Scholarship (Studio project), University of South Australia Adelaide 2017 The Constance Gordon-Johnson Sculpture Prize, University of South Australia, Adelaide 2016 UniSA Participation Support Scholarship, University of South Australia, Adelaide 2016 Uni SA Chancellor’s Letters of Commendation, University of South Australia, Adelaide 2015 Uni SA Chancellor’s Letters of Commendation, University of South Australia, Adelaide
Solo Exhibitions *2020 The Inbetween, West Gallery Thebarton, Adelaide (July) *2020 Man-Nam (Encounter), Linden New Art, Melbourne (23 Jan-23 Feb) *2020 Density, FELT Space, Adelaide (5-25 Feb) 2019 The Inbetween, Sauerbier House, Adelaide (14 Dec 2019-8 Feb)
Selected Group Exhibitions *2020 On Being an Artist, praxis ARTSPACE, Adelaide (30 Jul – 21 August 21) 2019 Paper Contemporary 2019, Sydney Contemporary, Sydney (12-15 Sep) 2019 Guildhouse Office Space Exhibition, Guildhouse, Adelaide (12 Jul-13Sep) 2019 Extra Virgin, West Gallery Thebarton, Adelaide (26 Jul-25 Aug) 2019 A Place Where Things Join, Studio 127, Aelaide (3-11 Aug) 2019 June Mostra 2019, The British School at Rome, Rome (15 June-22 June) 2019 Spazi Aperti XVII 2019, Accademia di Romania in Roma, Rome (31 May-10 June) 2019 HATCHED: National Graduate Show 2019, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth (4 May-7 Jul) 2019 The Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, Drill Hall, Adelaide (14 Feb-11 Mar) 2018 KAAF Art Prize Exhibition, Korean Cultural Centre, Sydney (25 Nov 2018 -27 Jan) 2018 FACADE, SASA Gallery, Adelaide (5-13 Dec 2018) 2017 A Walk in the Park - and other calamities, Kaurna – Building, Uni SA, Adelaide (6-14 Dec)