Photographs in an editon of 10, size 16 x 20 in (40,6 x 50,8 cm), price starts at 780 €.
Kim was born in 1974 in South Korea. He holds an MFA in Photography from Parsons The New School for Design, New York, U.S., an MS in International Studies and a BA in Chinese Literature from Chung-ang University, Seoul, South Korea. Kim is interested in re-visualizing architecture and landscape that reveal our current time.
"American Temples" (American strip malls in suburbia)
This project describes suburban warehouse stores as temples. By capturing mystic mood of the architectural details in the midnight through long exposure, I want the appearance to invoke ironic holiness and unconscious domination of commercial brands in people's life.
I think the strip malls in suburban America can be seen as a kind of religious figure in a sense that the strong brand power and the massive marketing drive, which seem powerful as religious persuasion, are ruling the lifestyle in suburbia and people gather regularly to the same place to communicate, to consume, to get rid of sadness and anger, just as people go to church to pray, to be inspired, to be blessed in the community every week.
I am not criticizing specific aspects on commercialism through these images. Rather, I want to suggest a slightly different point of view about its strong dominance and influence in our everyday life.
Since 2007, his work has been exhibited in US, Europe and Asia and is included in collections such as Musee De Elysee in Switzerland and Michaelis Galleries of University of Cape Town in South Africa.
He was awarded as one of the ‘Tomorrow's Photographers of Today' by Musee de Elysee in Switzerland and his work was published by major magazines such as PDN (US), American Photo, Photographer's Forum (US), SHOTS (UK), and Photographie (Germany). He was the final recipient of EM Art Emerging Artist Grant 2009 (South Korea), which resulted in his first solo show in South Korea in 2010. He currently lives and works in New York, US.