Sunday, March 29, 2009

"to be something"

I would like to use up this little guys. I haven't decided what forms I want to create.

"Used up II"

No more leftover!


I tried to carve this material, Velcro but it was hard to make a sharp surface. At the same time, I found my leftover so I decided to use up all of my leftover to create this form.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

"Imaging Desire" - on going show

Opening reception for the graduate student from different university.
Gallery X at Schneider Hall
University of Louisville, Hite Art Institute.
Saturday, February 14, 2009 - March 20, 2009   


Reconfiguring the Ordinary 
Beans, Cable ties
Photographer : Studio Munch - Myung Wook Huh 
- Yong Joo Kim  All right reserved. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"Redefine the notion of Value and Preciousness"

One of the most interesting aspects of using ordinary materials is
that it allows me to question the definition of value. Historically,
jewelry has always been linked to powerful motives of wealth, status
and desire. In general, high karat gold and precious stones are
considered the most valued jewels. Without using rare and expensive
materials, do we still think jewelry is precious? I redefine the
notion of value and preciousness by exploring ordinary materials
through my jewelry. My act of building new relationships among these
objects is what makes them precious. The wearer will find the value
and preciousness in my reconfiguring process and be surprised at the
transformation that the material has undergone.

-Yong Joo Kim

Sunday, March 8, 2009


Think about flow, line and space to construct various forms.
The form always gives me playful pleasure.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Artist Statement

I explore the value of found objects in everyday life, and understand the hidden meaning of materials by assembling, grouping, clustering, and piling multiples of them together. When I accumulate untraditional and mundane objects in my jewelry, they become precious. I am currently creating jewelry from collections of non-precious materials such as beans, corn, straws, pins, nails, velcro, snaps, cable ties, and electronic wires. Magnets and dried beans are my precious gems and pins and straws are my polished gold. The familiar becomes extraordinary. Through repetitions and the act of connecting, I construct work surprisingly beautiful on the body and profoundly transforms parts into a fresh whole.

My work introduces unconventional use of familiar artifacts into a world full of conventions. My finished pieces provide the wearer with an unfamiliar experience. Working with mundane elements makes my work accessible to more people. I want the wearer to display and witness a transformation of materiality. My jewelry has a life of its own, and wants to interact with the wearer.
-Yong Joo Kim (2009 spring)

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"Crimp"- New exploration II

"Crimp" - new exploration