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Duk Hee Kim

BAG, Duk Hee Kim, Ceramic


Artist Statement

My main concept in my work is forcing on the virtue of everyday life: it seems to be any special thing and ordinal, but our life is pilling of daily occurrences. It goes without saying that daily life has happiness. I was born and brought up in Seoul, Korea. I've been living and working in Japan since the 1990s.
Living in Japan brings many productive and thoughtful things to me. Actually it’s very hard to explain clearly what they are, perhaps the meaning of living in Japan would set me free from Korean conventionalism which prevails in any party of Korean traditions. I have found improvisational creativity in the Japanese art craftsmanship; not only ceramics but contemporary design in architecture. 
It is said that the technique of Japanese porcelain and ceramic art is originally from Korean and China. The current potters of Japanese major ceramic arts are offspring from Korea; their ancestors were forced to come to Japan in the 16th century. They have flourished their creativity since then. I feel some analogy or sympathies with them; I don’t mean that I am equivalent to Korean potters in the 16th century, but I would say that our Korean identity is altering in form and reaching new stages. We live in the cultural relativism world.
A Japanese scholar: Yanagi Muneyoshi (1889-1961) was one of the first art historians and theorists to study Korean art during the colonial regime. He admired the homely and simple aesthetics on Joseon white porcelain jars which were their commodities made by unknown potters in Korea. My artistic motivation is truly based on this kind of manner to the craftsmanship.  


Artist Timeline

Duk Hee Kim

Email: dukheeart@gmail.com

Homepage: http://dukhee.net

Education : Seoul Arts Highschool (1994년 ~1997년)

                    Tokyo Korean School Special Activities Lecturer (2010년~2917년)

Present Day: Instructor in Ceramic Department at Tokyo Korean School Saturday School

                      Saitama Hosoda City High School Ceramic Arts Department  Special Activities Instructor

                      Ginza Office and Pottery Class Instructor

 Career

1969  Born in Seoul, Korea

1992  Graduated Ehwa Women’s University, Bachelors in Ceramics

1994  Graduated Ehwa Women’s University, Masters in Design

1999  Research Student in Tama Art University Craft Department

2000  Researcher in the Department of Craft at Tokyo University of the Arts

2001  Graduated Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Education

2004  Completed Ph.D program Tokyo University of the Arts Department of Craft

Solo Exhibitions (38 Shows)

1997  Gallery Doll, Seoul

1999  Gallery Goto, Tokyo

2001  Gallery Gana Art Center, Seoul

          Gallery Goto, Tokyo

          Gallery Booth, Tokyo

2002  Gallery Booth, Tokyo

2003  Gallery Insa Art, Seoul

          Gallery Silver Shell, Tokyo

2008  Gallery Kyo, Tokyo

          Shinjuku Takashima Department Store, Tokyo

2009  Shinjuku Takashima Department Store, Tokyo

          Gallery Han, Yamanashi Prefecture

2010  Shinjuku Takashima Department Store, Tokyo 

          Gallery Silver Shell, Tokyo

          Gallery Kyo, Tokyo

2011  Shinjuku Takashima Department Store, Tokyo 

2012  Shinjuku Takashima Department Store, Tokyo 

          Gallery Silver Shell, Tokyo

2013 Shinjuku Takashima Department Store, Tokyo

         Gallery Han, Yamanashi Prefecture

          Gallery Yasashii, Tokyo

           Azabujuban Gallery, Tokyo

2014  Shinjuku Takashima Department Store, Tokyo

          Gallery Silver Shell, Tokyo

           Azabujuban Gallery, Tokyo

2015  Shinjuku Takashima Department Store, Tokyo

          Art Gallery ON, Tokyo

          Living Art, Tokyo

          Azabujuban Gallery, Tokyo

2016 Shinjuku Takashima Department Store, Tokyo

          Azabujuban Gallery, Tokyo

          Living Art, Tokyo

2017  Shinjuku Takashima Department Store, Tokyo

          Gallery Silver Shell, Tokyo

          Azabujuban Gallery, Tokyo

2018 Shinjuku Takashima Department Store, Tokyo

         Gallery Willow Birch, Seoul

2018 Shinjuku Takashima Department Store, Tokyo
         Gallery Willow Birch, Seoul

2019 Shinjuku Takashima Department Store, Tokyo

2020~ (Expected Exhibitions) Shinjuku Takashima Department Store, Tokyo

           Gallery Silver Shell, Tokyo

           Department Store Yagahashi (Saitamaken)

 
Group Exhibition

Korea-Japan Exchange Exhibition—Japanese Cultural Center, Korean Cultural Center, etc…

 
Art Fair

2017 Modern Art Fair, Hangaram Museum, Seoul,

         Seoul Art Fair, COEX, Seoul

2018 PLAS Contemporary Art Show, COEX, Seoul

         BLUE Art Fair

         Haeundae Grand Hotel, Busan

         Art Gwangju, Kim Daejung Convention Center, Gwangju

        Daegu Art Fair, Exco, Daegu

2019 PLAS Contemporary Art Show, COEX, Seoul

         BLUE Art Fair, Busan

         Art Gwangju, Kim Daejung Convention Center, Gwangju

         Daegu Art Fair, Exco, Daegu

         Seoul Art Fair, COEX, Seoul

2020~ (Expected Fairs) Hearing Gallery (Korea Galleries), COEX, Seoul