LA-DC Exchange Exhibition
Same Way, Different Path
August 12 – September 1, 2016
Korean Cultural Center Washington D.C
2370 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington DC
JEAN JINHO KIM
The MFA First-Year Exhibition is a compilation of works from American University's first-year Masters of Fine Art students. Collectively the group represents research, experimentation, and reflection while simultaneously offering a window into each artist's individual practice. Featuring work by: Zack McGhin, Jihee Kang, Sara Caporaletti, J. Moukarim, Katelyn Wood, Jean Kim, Calli Moore, Samantha Sethi, Sarah Dale, and Carey Francis.
The Korean Cultural Center, Washington DC held the International Korean Women’s Art Exhibition from April 2- 30. The exhibition, “Chosen Homeland: Searching for Women’s Identify and Unity,”
hosted by the KOWINNER Foundation and sponsored by the KOWIN US Eastern Regional Chapter, was successfully done with over 20 Korean women artists from around the world. Also, three student artists who won the art contest (Julia Kwon, 1st place; Jean Jinho Kim, 2nd place; Zoe Linn Soo-hee Jarvis, 3rd place) had the opportunity to exhibit their artwork along with the established women artists. They received the awards during the KOWINNER Foundation & KOWIN DC gala on May 2.
My work is a reflection of the harmonizing of contradictory elements. After moving to the United States from South Korea, a clash of cultures dominated my life. Eventually, this cultural confrontation became less acute and grew into a diversely enriched, harmonious existence. My experiences have sharpened my mind and eyes to seek out elements of unity and harmony. I like to play on topics such as natural vs. synthetic or literal vs. imaginary. As a painter, I use mundane objects and materials to complement my canvases to inspire ideas of continuity that may not have arisen initially. Other artists, particularly Yang Haegue and Suh Do Ho, have influenced and inspired me to use unconventional materials and to push my conceptual boundaries.