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Kim Joon

Korean, b. 1966

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Kim Joon

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Korean, b. 1966

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Biography

Masterfully manipulating 3D-imaging software, Seoul-based artist Kim Joon crafts exquisite composite photographs of the human form, often depicted heavily tattooed or patterned, as if made from traditional porcelain. “I see skin, or in some cases the monitor, as an extension of the canvas,” he says. Kim’s exploration of tattoo culture has its roots in his time in the military, where he tattooed his peers, and he references the practice in order to grapple with issues of taboo, image obsession, spirituality, and the aestheticization of the body. “Tattoo or tattooing symbolizes the multi-layered composites of desire and will, emotion and action, pain and pleasure of self and other,” he says, “which can be translated as a complex system of complicit activities.” Digitally applying the tattoos to his subjects, the artist creates a range of intricate patterns, from ancient designs to corporate logos and iconic works of modern art. Another famous body of Kim’s work is his fabricated images of fragments of porcelain shaped to look like parts of the human body.

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Biography

Masterfully manipulating 3D-imaging software, Seoul-based artist Kim Joon crafts exquisite composite photographs of the human form, often depicted heavily tattooed or patterned, as if made from traditional porcelain. “I see skin, or in some cases the monitor, as an extension of the canvas,” he says. Kim’s exploration of tattoo culture has its roots in his time in the military, where he tattooed his peers, and he references the practice in order to grapple with issues of taboo, image obsession, spirituality, and the aestheticization of the body. “Tattoo or tattooing symbolizes the multi-layered composites of desire and will, emotion and action, pain and pleasure of self and other,” he says, “which can be translated as a complex system of complicit activities.” Digitally applying the tattoos to his subjects, the artist creates a range of intricate patterns, from ancient designs to corporate logos and iconic works of modern art. Another famous body of Kim’s work is his fabricated images of fragments of porcelain shaped to look like parts of the human body.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Articles Featuring Kim Joon
Kim Joon’s Digital Still Lifes Grapple with Human Desire
Jun 1st, 2015
Kim Joon’s Digital Still Lifes Grapple with Human Desire
Sundaram Tagore Brings Bold, Single-Hued Works to Art Central 2015
Mar 11th, 2015
Sundaram Tagore Brings Bold, Single-Hued Works to Art Central 2015
Objects of Desire: The Branded Bodies of Kim Joon
Jun 18th, 2014
Objects of Desire: The Branded Bodies of Kim Joon
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