New Jersey Emerging Artists Series

Dong Kyu Kim:  United Stitches

September 21 – October 21, 2018

      

Opening Reception: September 21, 6:00 – 8:00pm | Gallery Talk: October 3, 7:00 – 8:00pm

The Reception and Gallery Talk is FREE and Open to the Public

Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm; Friday: 10am-9:00pm; and Sun: 12:00 – 5:00pm,  Admission $8

Artist Statement:
I was born and raised in South Korea and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Fashion Design. Since then, I have been working as a fashion designer in Korea, China, Mexico and the United States of America for nearly 20 years.

My artwork occupies a middle place between craft and painting. It is typically the result of manually stitching items, such as receipts, together. Each stitch has its own character, like a gesture; and each receipt reveals a different part of my psyche.

My initial motivation for this series came from my ongoing immigration struggle in the US and has become this temporary migrant worker’s proof of being or existential record. The receipts I to use detail my consumerist habits from my life in the United States from 2008 to 2018. The ultimate goal however in my exhibition, United Stitches, is to re-imagine the American ideal of individuality and buying power in the form of manual labor devoted to stitching together mementos of experiences that I felt could be revisited again and again.

In my creative process, I incorporate Korean aesthetics by administering the basic concept of the traditional craft of JoGakBo. Through the art of quilting, JoGakBo grants new life to insignificant discarded scraps of fabric to create coveted ceremonial garments. My work mirrors this process and intention while fusing Eastern and Western cultures to create a new aesthetic.

In this exhibition, I hope to deliver the message of the value of human individuality, the sanctity of manual labor and show that art itself does not have to be distant from our everyday lives.