KIM SO HEE
1983 Born in Daegu, korea
2013 Ph.D in Art, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan
2010 M.F.A in Print making, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan
2007 B.F.A in Print making, Art Collage of Hong-ik University, Seoul, Korea
2017 Grand Prize at Art 236, Jeju, Korea
Duguay Prize at the the 10th Biennale Internationale d’estampe contemporaine de trois- rivières, Quebec, Canada
2015 Honorary mention of the International Print Triennial — Krakow 2015
2014 Residancy Program at Guanlan international printmaking base in Shenzhen, China
2012 Purchase Prize of The 3rd Bangkok Triennale International Print And Drawing Exhibition,Bangkok, Tailand
2012 Grand Prize of The 89th SYUNYO-KAI ART Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
2012 Honorable Mention of Yozo Hamaguchi 100th Anniversary International Print
Competition Tokyo, Japan
2008 Third Prize of The 7th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Print, Kochi, Japan
2007 Excellence Prize of The 27th Korea Contemporary Print Award, Seoul, Korea
2017 Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2017 Museum SAN, Won-Ju, Korea
2016 Graficki Kolektiv Gallery, Belgrade, Serbi
2016 City Gallery, Uzice, Serbia
2015 Davidson Gallery, Seattle, America
2014 Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2013 NODA Contemporary, Nagoya, Japan
2013 Hugo’s Workshop & Alchemy, Tokyo, Japan
2010 Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Gallery kei, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2009 Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
2008 Dongsanbang Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2014 The Turbine Art Fair in Newtown, Turbine hall, Johannesburg, South africa
2013 Art Edition, SETEC, Seoul, Korea
2012 Young Art Taipei, Sheraton Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan
2011 Tokyo Art Fair, Tokyo International Forum C-Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Member of Korean Contemporary Printers association
Kochi Art Museum, Kochi, Japan
National Art bank, Korea
Tokyo opera city, Tokyo, Japan
Seattle city hall, Seattle, Washington
Museum SAN, Won-ju, Korea
When I ride a train packed with people, I feel we are being treated as objects. Propelled by invisible forces, we are sucked involuntarily into containers such as buses, trains and elevator, and swept off to the same places every day. People are transformed into passive automatons by the repetition of daily routines and the supremely efficient functioning of the megalopolis. Without realizing it, we lose our keen and vivid senses and grow accustomed to the role of inanimate objects.
What I am attempting to do is not to denounce the conflicts and alienation that inevitably arise from this lifestyle of ours, but rather to depict them with a humorous sensibility. The scenes I portray are not the ones I see day to day, but rather dramatized images based on the ironies I perceive. Subjects that are familiar form everyday life are thrown into a confused state or aspect by their size or positioning. The images are imbued with humor that springs from a playful imagination. Play is one strategy for coping with the pitiless reality around us.
All play begins with imagination. This is because it is through imagination that we can create playful spaces in the midst of humdrum reality. Imaginative spaces are based on reality, and reality serves as an apparatus that establishes these imaginative spaces. This is like experiencing a different dimension that occupies the same place simultaneously. Because humorous images born of a playful imagination connect with our everyday lives in a manner different from that of reality, they may appear to be meaningless or illogical, but in fact they represent one facet of life. Perhaps they could even be said to reflect the facts of life.
For Example, we can view people losing their freedom and individuality, and being gradually reduced to shadows of themselves, not as a serious process but as a humorous one. The figure of the human lost and buried beneath a tidal wave of things is in fact the embodiment of our own slow death at the hands of day-to-day life.
Laughing at something is a phenomenon that results from objective observation and criticism of that thing. With a healthy dose of humor, I hope to face the cruelties and absurdities of contemporary society head on, and send a message of encouragement and laughter to all the people surviving in the world today.
The book <Paper craft with Intaglio> what I take a part as a lecturer is release in Japan.