"...Multidisciplinary artist Jonathan Kim will work with Sydney based Jogakbo artist Taerim Claire Jeon..."
"...Jonathan Kim’s practice “implements observation, discovery, reproduction and spatial relations, which focus on investigating the inner value of Gong-gan-seong,” and the work presented for New Energy presents this aesthetic of Gong-gan-seong (spatiality) for the first time. Other works, such as EJ Son’s illuminated nipple-blossom tree, Titty Tree, 2021, and Audrey Newton’s 4eva, explore tactility, sensuality, and their frequently gendered representations...."
"...... Five emerging creatives from a range of creative disciplines will undertake career expanding mentorships through Helpmann Academy’s Elevate Mentorship program ... ..."
...The 2021 group – Sundari Carmody, Loren Orsillo, Jonathan Kim, Anna Gore and Oakey – have spent the past 24 months building relationships and experimenting with new materials, forms and concepts to expand their practices further. While the artists had to deal with disruptions due to the global pandemic, the program was extended from its usual 12 months to 24 months, which allowed them to become fully immersed in the experience...
"CityMag is getting to know the five artists who are part of ACE Open's 'Studios: 2021' exhibition, to understand the opportunities the organisation's studio residencies give to participants. This week, we meet Sundari Carmody, Oakey, and Jonathan Kim."
Image: S P A C E S (installation view), 2020. Photograph: Sam Roberts.
Born in South Korea, Jonathan Kim is now based in Adelaide, South Australia. His multidisciplinary practice places deep importance on the relationship between a medium and its environmental factors, a concept named ‘Gong-Gan-Seong (Spatiality)’, inspired by Lee Ufan’s philosophy of ‘Man-Nam (Encounter)’. Kim’s work ‘Calico & Gesso on Canvas Series’ (2020) is included in S P A C E S, an exhibition that explores the way we navigate through and experience our surroundings. In this interview with curator Steph Cibich, Kim discusses the artwork and the driving force behind his practice.
S P A C E S is presented as part of the ART WORKS 2020 Emerging Curator Program, delivered by Guildhouse in partnership with the City of Adelaide.
After studying engineering, completing two years of military service, and running a business in international trade and economics, Jonathan Kim moved from South Korea to Australia with his wife and awoke a once-dormant creative flair. Seeking something new that fulfilled his creative desire that had, until now, been denied by societal pressure, Jonathan began creating art. In 2018, he graduated from UniSA with a Bachelor of Contemporary Art with honours in art and design. Jonathan also spent time studying and practising art at the British School in Rome, Italy. Currently undertaking a residency at ACE Open, Jonathan’s works revolve largely around Post-Minimalism, and he excitingly blends his Western involvement of art and study with his South Korean cultural upbringing and experience.
Verse’s arts contributor, Christina Massolino, sat down with Jonathan to discuss his life experiences, minimalist theories and approach to art.
"...Congratulations to our 2020 Studio Program artists!
In these isolated times, it feels great to share some news about doors opening. Sundari Carmody, Anna Gore, Jonathan Kim and Loren Orsillo have been selected as the recipients of ACE Open's four fully supported studios for 2020. They'll join the current Helpmann Academy studio recipient, Kate Oakenfold, who was recently awarded the studio at the Helpmann Academy 2020 Graduate Exhibition..."
"...Density is a fundamental concept of spatiality in Jonathan Kim’s research based on Phenomenology. It means not only the physical properties of the material, but also different spatial tension formed by them. Also, Kim ethnic sentiment reflected is creating another density difference with the space of Feltspace. ..."
This exhibition will feature works created during three residency programs; the Vacation Research program in University of South Australia; the British School at Rome Residency and the Sauerbier House Culture Exchange Artist in Residence program. These residencies were completed in 2019, after Kim won the Linden New Art Award at the Helpmann Academy graduate exhibition.
"Often using found materials, Jonathan works across painting, drawing, sculpture and installation to reconstruct spatial concepts, based on phenomenology. The focus on Gong-gan-seong rather than the physical structure itself identifies internal values through an object’s external structures."
"Kim’s journey to becoming an artist is an unusual one. He was born and raised in South Korea and spent most of his 20s studying in China where he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in International Trade and Economics at Shanghai University. Jonathan’s passion for art was ignited on a 40-day tour of Europe with his wife in 2013. He migrated to Australia, and once in Adelaide decided to pursue this new passion, completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Art at the University of South Australia."
"Often using found materials, Kim works across painting, drawing, sculpture and installation to reconstruct spatial concepts, based on phenomenology. The focus on Gong-gan-seong rather than the physical structure itself identifies internal values through an object’s external structures"
"Whilst in residence, Kim’s practice will be based on Mono-ha and Dansaekhwa. These two art movements placed importance on the spatial concept created by things or mediums in line with the concept of phenomenology. Kim aims to explore and represent the spatial nature created by the property of materials found in everyday life during the residency in Sauerbier House.
OPEN STUDIO | THURSDAYS : 10.30 - 3.00
Exhibition dates: Saturday 14 December -Saturday 25 January
Exhibition venue: Sauerbier House, 21 Wearing St, Port Noarlunga SA 5167 "
Jonathan Kim, Jogakbo-01219P (detail), 2019, crayon and ink on paper, 40 x 27 cm. Courtesy the artist and West Gallery Thebarton, Adelaide.
"Jonathan Kim was born and raised in South Korea and spent most of his 20s in China and 30s in Australia. Like his nomadic background, Jonathan’s artwork contains various cultural elements. Jonathan’s practice takes the form of painting, sculpture, and installation based on the Japanese sculptural concept of Mono-ha and the Korean painting style Dansaekhwa that rooted in Korean artist Lee Ufan’s philosophy. However, Jonathan is currently attempt to extend his practice by adopting other post-minimal ideas such as Arte Povera."
"Jonathan’s sculptural practice investigates and identifies the internal value of materials from their external state. The physical structures created using materials found in everyday life are intended for a spatial experience, via the interaction between a material and its environment by an intervention and transformation. Jonathan’s practice in Rome explored the memory and the history of found object or readymade.
In the same context, Jonathan’s paintings explore the spatial concepts formed by the interaction between media. His crayon painting series emphasise the tactility and texture of media and the ethnic sentiments created using traditional Korean design and colour theory according to the idea of Dansaekhwa."
Former business student Jonathan Kim made the switch from business to art just five years ago and he hasn’t looked back since.
Kim is currently undertaking the Helpmann Academy’s British School at Rome Residency, which he was awarded earlier this year at the Helpmann graduate exhibition along with the Linden New Art Award. Born in South Korea, Kim began his university studies there before moving to China where he completed a Bachelor of International Trade and Economy.
As we approach the June Mostra, our third exhibition of this academic year, we will be publishing a series of blogs taking a closer look at the individual practices of our seven resident artists. The fifth interview is from Jonathan Kim our Helpmann Academy Resident.
Jonathan Kim ha solo 20 anni, nato e cresciuto in Corea del Sud, ha trascorso la maggior parte della sua vita in Cina per poi trasferirsi per motivi si studio ad Adelaide e diventare australiano. Come il suo background nomade, le sue opere d’arte contengono vari elementi culturali, dal concetto scultoreo del movimento giapponese Mono-ha e lo stile di pittura coreana Dansaekhwa fino alle idee post-minimal. Per Spazi Aperti esporrà un lavoro dedicato agli impatti ambientali: “le mie opere consisteranno in dipinti (disegni) e sculture. Sceglierò uno spazio interno indipendente nell’edificio dell’Accademia. Installerò alcune delle mie sculture sul pavimento. L’esposizione farà parte di un progetto a lungo termine che mira a ripristinare l’equilibrio sensoriale delle persone fornendo un’esperienza spaziale a chi oggi è costretto a sperimentare un’esperienza visiva eccessiva”.
Jonathan Kim, from The Density series: Stone & Elastomeric I, 2018, elastomeric pipe insulation, copper pipe and found stone. Courtesy the artist and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Western Australi
Many of the works in the ground floor galleries have been created with a sense of human scale in mind – such as Jonathan Kim’s finely balanced assemblages which sit directly (and vulnerably) on the floor, or Ómra Caoimhe’s intricate knitted structures hung from knotted wool. The deeply personal woven domes of Kim Ah Sam have been suspended at head height, as if waiting for someone to duck under and feel the rim of feathers around their neck.