Yongchul Kim. Begegnungen

25th Feb - 26th Mar 2022

 

Encounters—the meeting of objects, figures, and situations—is the central theme of the works in this exhibition. While in Yongchul Kim’s earlier works individual figures were still searching for their own identity, now these very existences, as the artist calls figures but also objects, meet in various constellations.

 

Yongchul Kim – Begegnung, Welle
2022, oil on canvas
180 x 210 cm
( 70 3/4 x 82 2/3 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Begegnung, Welle
2022, oil on canvas
180 x 210 cm
( 70 3/4 x 82 2/3 in )

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In the work "Begegnung, Welle" a man presents himself with a swollen chest and holds a „Schultüte“, a decorated paper cone filled with sweets and small gifts given to children on their first day of school, almost like a lance. Alluding to the idealistic knight Don Quixote of Miguel de Cervantes' novel, the proud man stands in an undefined space that becomes the stage of life. His experiences, the ups and downs of his life, show themselves in the form of an abstract rush of color that merges with him and makes him into what he presents to us.

Yongchul Kim – Begenung, Wald
2022, oil on canvas
50 x 40 cm
( 19 2/3 x 15 3/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Begenung, Wald
2022, oil on canvas
50 x 40 cm
( 19 2/3 x 15 3/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Schlafen
2021, oil on canvas
50 x 40 cm
( 19 2/3 x 15 3/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Schlafen
2021, oil on canvas
50 x 40 cm
( 19 2/3 x 15 3/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Rosen
2022, oil on canvas
120 x 100 cm
( 47 1/4 x 39 1/3 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Rosen
2022, oil on canvas
120 x 100 cm
( 47 1/4 x 39 1/3 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Rose
2022, oil on canvas
40 x 30 cm
( 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

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Encounters are emphasized by Yongchul Kim's contrasting color palette. Complementary colors such as intense red and green or gradations of light and dark clarify the individual objects.

 

 

Yongchul Kim – Rose
2022, oil on canvas
40 x 30 cm
( 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Begegnung, Strudel
2022, oil on canvas
120 x 100 cm
( 47 1/4 x 39 1/3 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Begegnung, Strudel
2022, oil on canvas
120 x 100 cm
( 47 1/4 x 39 1/3 in )

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In works of this exhibition, Yongchul Kim's figures are confronted with situations, experiences and memories that are represented through waves of color made of expressive brushstrokes. He takes the motif of water further, adding a new level of emotional interpretation through movement.


Installation View

Yongchul Kim – Verbotene Frucht
2022, oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
( 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Verbotene Frucht
2022, oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
( 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Blaue Stunde
2022, oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
( 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Blaue Stunde
2022, oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
( 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Gelbe Nase
2022, oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
( 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Gelbe Nase
2022, oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
( 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Flamme und Welle
2022, oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
( 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Flamme und Welle
2022, oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
( 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Krone
2022, oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
( 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Krone
2022, oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
( 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Begegnung, Frau mit Schwan
2022, oil on canvas
120 x 100 cm
( 47 1/4 x 39 1/3 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Begegnung, Frau mit Schwan
2022, oil on canvas
120 x 100 cm
( 47 1/4 x 39 1/3 in )

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Full of surprise, the woman reacts to an encounter outside the painting's boundary. The security of the dense nature that surrounds her dissolves and becomes more abstract the closer she gets to the meeting with the unknown.

Yongchul Kim – Himmel
2022, oil on canvas
160 x 140 cm
( 63 x 55 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Himmel
2022, oil on canvas
160 x 140 cm
( 63 x 55 in )

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Movement is a decisive factor in the art of Yongchul Kim because it refers to the fleetingness and transience of the perceptible. And with it, Yongchul poses the question of truthfulness, of the essence that underlies all things, surroundings, and ultimately ourselves.

Yongchul Kim – Der Hund, der den Mond verfolgt
2022, oil on canvas
60 x 50 cm
( 23 2/3 x 19 2/3 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Der Hund, der den Mond verfolgt
2022, oil on canvas
60 x 50 cm
( 23 2/3 x 19 2/3 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Pflanze
2022, oil on canvas
40 x 40 cm
( 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Pflanze
2022, oil on canvas
40 x 40 cm
( 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in )

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As if in time-lapse, growth and decay merge in multicolored brushstrokes in Yongchul Kim's depiction of a plant, making a modern interpretation of vanitas symbolism.

Yongchul Kim – Begegnung, Grünes Kaninchen
2022, oil on canvas
140 x 120 cm
( 55 x 47 1/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim – Begegnung, Grünes Kaninchen
2022, oil on canvas
140 x 120 cm
( 55 x 47 1/4 in )

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Yongchul Kim will be featured in the book "Dissonance. Platform Germany" ed. by Mark Gisbourne, Christoph Tannert on behalf of Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin about painters living in Germany, which is expected to be published at the beginning of 2022.

 

The preview of the book can be found here.

Yongchul Kim was born in Yeosu, KR in 1982. He studied art at the Chonnam University in Gwangju, KR until 2099 and from 2014 until 2020 at the Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Künste Stuttgart, DE under Prof. Cordula Güdemann. Yongchul Kim lives and works in Stuttgart, DE. Previous solo exhibitions include: Yongchul Kim, Fritz und Hildegard Ruoff Stiftung, Nürtingen, DE, 2019; Zwischen Schein und Sein - Malerei mit Yongchul Kim, Nordheimer Scheune, Nordheim, DE 2018. Earlier group exhibitions include: salondergegenwart 2019, salondergegenwart, Hamburg, DE, 2019; Edge of Society, Kunstverein Neckar-Odenwald e.V., Buchen, DE, 2019; Recherche gegen Rechts / Deine Heimat, Akademie Galerie München, München, DE, 2018; Häute & Morgen, Galerie der Stadt Backnang, Backnang, DE, 2018; The Eighth Climate ( What Does Art Do? ), Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, KR, 2016.

 

 

You can find more information on Yongchul Kim here.

Exhibition text: click here.

 

Encounters—the meeting of objects, figures, and situations—is the central theme of the works in this exhibition. While in Yongchul Kim’s earlier works individual figures were still searching for their own identity, now these very existences, as the artist calls figures but also objects, meet in various constellations.

In the work "Begegnung, Welle" a man with a swollen chest, alluding to the idealistic knight Don Quixote of Miguel de Cervantes' novel, presents himself in an undefined space that becomes a stage for life. The echo of the trotting horse can still be sensed and reveals a dimension of time within the painting. Time is running and the man has meanwhile gained experience and learned new things. He stands in the middle of life merging with the memories that surround him like waves. The grown man holds a „Schultüte“, a decorated paper cone filled with sweets and small gifts given to children on their first day of school, almost like a lance making them a strange pair. The cone almost seems to mock the man's proud demeanor. While children are at the beginning of life when they start school having to gain experience and find their place in society, he has already experienced ups and downs and is connected to life's events that make him what he presents to us. He is shaped by life and his face tells stories of his experiences, but they show themselves to the viewer only in the form of an abstract rush of color.

Where previously still waters reflected in the works of Yongchul Kim, now vibrantly colored waves crash down on the figures, making visible what previously could only be imagined. While the man in "Begegnung, Welle" coexists with the waves of life, the figure in „Begegnung, Strudel" seems to be caught in a whirlpool from which he has difficulty escaping from. In works of this exhibition, Yongchul Kim's figures are confronted with situations, experiences, and memories that are represented through waves of color made of expressive brushstrokes. He takes the motif of water further, adding a new level of emotional interpretation through movement, which extends from peaceful coexistence to overwhelming power.

In the encounter of existences, which include not only figures but also objects and experiences, the bounds of the painting are opened and broken through waves of color. The encounters are highlighted by Yongchul Kim's contrasting color palette. Complementary colors such as intense red and green or gradations of light and dark accentuate the individual existences. In "Begegnung, Frau mit Schwan, only at their points of contact do the contours disappear in an alternation of color. Here the pictorial space is blown up, as the woman seems to react full of surprise to an encounter outside the painting's boundary. The security of the dense nature that surrounds her dissolves and becomes more abstract the closer she gets to meeting the unknown. By showing encounters of various kinds in this exhibition, Yongchul Kim draws the viewer's attention to the influence encounters and experiences have on people and their existence, and the viewer cannot help but draw parallels to their own lives.


Yongchul Kim in his studio

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