Kalim Yoon Biography

I've always had an interest in inventing my own devices and to use them in installations, creating the overall atmosphere of the space which based on reinterpretation of surroundings.

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These things are specifically revealed through experiments where I attempt to induce experience that stimulate and renew the sense and movement of the body, the emotion or psychological state that are a recreation of ambiguous topic; which all occur by being confronted with the overall effect of the arrangement of sight, tactile sensation, hearing, or materials that can be felt specifically and touched. Especially, the psychological suspense left from the experience of personal and mixed situations and gestures from unfamiliar environment are relieved by leaving traces of such suspense through the object made from neutral pieces of materials.

These mediators borrow their form from familiar objects such as images derived from nature itself, but they become ambiguous through slight distortion. At the same time, they become my storytelling tools equipped with my intentions, and the essence can be found as I contemplate the duality of the image that is seen among the exploration of defining the subtle differences between reality and imagination.

In recent years I have been fascinated with embroidery since it represents such a precise accumulation of time and effort. I have studied Korean embroidery skills to depict the surrealism of the subject matter – those uncanny images derived from nature itself.

As my primary discipline has been that of the sculptor, the study of material and materiality has always been a fascination. Rediscovering the use of traditional skills and sharing their primordial characteristics, are often the basis of my work.

When I look at the primitive samplers of old or even the ancient medieval embroideries, I feel an absolute identification with the person who worked the piece. My imagination wanders through their state of mind and their circumstances – their desires, their passions and fears.

As I produce my own works I like to think they might trigger the same sense of inquiry inspiring a new audience with wonder and intrigue.

Artist note, March 2021

Working based in Seoul, Kalim Yoon invited in several exhibitions of solo shows and group show such as Re collect Seoul National University Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (2020), The way a hare transforms into a tortoise, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagne, Denmark(2019), The lost world, SeMA, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea, Children's garden, Blume Museum of Contemporary Art, Paju, Korea (2017), Madang, MMCA & Hyundai Motors festival, National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea (2016), etc.

Kalim Yoon Featured Artworks

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The Kevel by Kalim Yoon contemporary artwork textile
Kalim Yoon The Kevel, 2021 Embroidery on steel engraving Plate 26, from The Naturalist’s Library by Sir William Jardine c.1843
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Senegal Thous-dog:African Wild Dog by Kalim Yoon contemporary artwork textile
Kalim Yoon Senegal Thous-dog:African Wild Dog, 2021 Embroidery on steel engraving Plate 13, from The Naturalist’s Library by Sir William Jardine c.1843
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Common Wolf by Kalim Yoon contemporary artwork textile
Kalim Yoon Common Wolf, 2021 Embroidery on steel engraving Plate 1, from The Naturalist’s Library by Sir William Jardine c.1843
42 x 45 cm
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Felis Concolor by Kalim Yoon contemporary artwork textile
Kalim Yoon Felis Concolor, 2021 Embroidery on steel engraving Plate 4, from The Naturalist’s Library by Sir William Jardine c.1843
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Felis Nepalensis:Nepaul Cat by Kalim Yoon contemporary artwork textile
Kalim Yoon Felis Nepalensis:Nepaul Cat, 2021 Embroidery on steel engraving Plate 23, from The Naturalist’s Library by Sir William Jardine c.1843
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The Takhaitze by Kalim Yoon contemporary artwork textile
Kalim Yoon The Takhaitze, 2021 Embroidery on steel engraving Plate 23, from The Naturalist’s Library by Sir William Jardine c.1843
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Pale Dog-Fox by Kalim Yoon contemporary artwork textile
Kalim Yoon Pale Dog-Fox, 2021 Embroidery on steel engraving Plate 17, from The Naturalist’s Library by Sir William Jardine c.1843
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The Grim by Kalim Yoon contemporary artwork textile
Kalim Yoon The Grim, 2021 Embroidery on steel engraving Plate 32, from The Naturalist’s Library by Sir William Jardine c.1843
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