Cheolyu Kim

Cheolyu Kim

Paju City, Eastern Asia, South Korea

About Cheolyu Kim

How do we perceive our world? Many people perceive the world in words. Some perceive it mainly by contact or experience, some rely on sounds, while a few may use colors and shapes. Visual images have always fascinated me. They give me intense pleasure. I understand things through their visual arrangement and rearrangement. When something is strange and overpowering, I can manipulate and play with its imagery so that it becomes less terrifying and even familiar. I grew up in a small rural village that was embraced by layers of mountains. The mountains also embraced the dividing line of South and North Korea. No one in the village talked about the line; it was just a thorny part of our simple lives. Things were definitely slower and simpler there. The distinction between reality and imagination was vague and blurred. Adults talked about monsters in a deep forest and UFO's in the night sky; kids spent hours discussing such things as a land mine that blew up two children, and a spy plane that had crashed near my village. The mountains provided the village with numerous flying objects. Therefore, seeds, leaves, insects, birds, balloons, planes, helicopters or UFO's, anything that flies in the air has attracted me since early childhood. I remember spending hours following thousands of colorful balloons in the sky that came from the North and contained political leaflets. I spent hours trying to catch insects, birds, balloons, and boxes coming from planes, anything that flew. These images overpowered me in my dreams. If I could fly, would I be able to fight against those images? I was often aware that I was dreaming, usually about see-through flying dishes attacking my village. Other times I simply dreamt about flying. Because I knew I did not have wings, I had to use my arms.Because I knew I could not fly, I had to go through a lot of exercise to learn. Even in dreams I could not escape my reality; tings were still defined and regulated by an overpowering world. I had to put extra effort into creating my own definition and my own law, using visual images. My memories and experiences are intermingled with my imagination and dreams. It is often unclear what is real and what is not. I find it hard to draw a line between the real and the imaginary, and that line is where I start. My work arises from the boundaries of what is familiar and what is not. It helps me deal with life better, one step at a time.

Education

Kim cheol yu Resume cheolyuk@yahoo.com



Education:
2002 M.F.A. Sculpture,Brooklyn College,city Univ of New York,NY
1995 B.F.A. Sculpture, Chung-Ang Univ,Seoul,Korea


Exhibitions

Kim cheol yu Resume cheolyuk@yahoo.com



Education:
2002 M.F.A. Sculpture,Brooklyn College,city Univ of New York,NY
1995 B.F.A. Sculpture, Chung-Ang Univ,Seoul,Korea

Slected one person Exhibition
2017 Be High,Journey to nowhere, gallery artbn,Seoul,Korea
2013 Solo Show" Lotte Gallery,Ilsan,Korea
2012 Nowhere “Gaain Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2009 Delta Quadrant(Nowhere)” Samtoh Gallery-Seoul,Korea
2008 Solo Exhibition of Recent Works” Slate Gallery-Brooklyn,NY
2003 Cue Art Foundation,Curated by Nikki S,Lee -New York,NY

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 : The other art fair" Victoria House,London
2017 : The other art fair" Brooklyn, NY
2015 “Journey to Nowhere”two person show,Art space Hue,Paju,Korea
2014 "Line-Drawing, Wumin art center,Chung ju,Korea
2012 “Montage” Gaain Gallery, Seoul ,Korea
2012 “Korea Galleries Art Fair” Coex Hall D, Seoul, Korea
2011 “Doors Art Fair” Seoul., Korea
2011 “KIAF 2011“ Coex, Seoul,Korea
2011 “Culture Nadam Festival” Mongolia
2011 “It’s All Good!! Apocalypse now” Sideshow,Brooklyn,NY
2010 “Storytelling” infusion Gallery,Brooklyn,NY
2010 “Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center” Brooklyn,NY
2010 “ArtHamptons The International Fine Art Fair” Bridgehampton,NY
2010 “GE 4th Annual Asian Pacific American Art Exhibition”GE Head Quarter,Fairfield,CT
2009 “Two Degrees of Separation” Gallery Satori,New York,NY
2009 “Bridge Art Fair” New York,NY
2008 “Bridge Art Fair” Miami,FL
2008 “Next Art Fair” Chlcago,IL
2007-2008 "Rising Asian Artists" 2x13 Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2007 "ACAF(Asian Contemporary Art Fair)" Pier 92, New York,NY
2007 "Nowhere Here" Mikhail Zakin Gallery, NJ
2007 "Out of Sight" Slate Gallery, Brooklyn,NY
2007 “Art Auction to Benefit” Cue Art Foundation,New York,NY
2006 “Pipe Lines” NARS Foundation,Brooklyn,NY
2005 "Artville" 2x13 Gallery, New York,NY
2005 “50 Artists” Mushroomarts,New York,NY
2005 “Contemporary in New Jersey” FGS Gallery,Englewood,NJ
2005 "Watercolor Show" Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA
2005 "Evolving Pattern" Curated by Midori Yoshimoto, The Harold B,Lemmerman gallery
New Jersey City University,NJ
2005 "16 rooms”" Nars Foundation, Brooklyn, NY
2005 "Isomorphosis" Mushroom Arts, New York,NY
2005 "Surface Tention" 2x13 Gallery, New York,NY
2004 "Green light in New York" Gallery Korea, New York,NY
2002 "M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition" Brooklyn War Memorial ,Brooklyn, NY


Public Art Project
2011 Mamuldo in Tongyoung,Korea
2012 Holt Seoul,Korea
Reviews
" Solo Exhibit of Cheol Yu Kim” Antiques And The Arts,November,2008
" Drawing Structure and Vision" by Fritz Drury,Joanne Stryker, 2007
" Unambiguous" Art World Digest, March 2006
" Not so Sketchy" by Roberta Fallen, October 2005, Philadelphia Weekly
" Cheol Yu Kim at Cue Art Foundation" by Jessica Ostrower,march 2004, Art In America
" Drawing Resurfaces"(The Obsessive) by Hanya yanagihara, Nov 2004, Departure Magazine
" Cool Hunting" by Josh Rubin ,Oct 2003, Cool Hunting