b. 1971, South Korea

Yunho Kim Artworks

Photography

Yunho Kim's images are characterised by their detached, observational quality, akin to documentary photography and film. Often focusing on a subject such as a building, vehicle, landscape, or event stage, Kim's photographs narrow the viewer's attention to a considered singular moment.

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Kim explores wider possibilities for photography through film and installation. For Bus (2006—2007), the Korean artist presented a 13 metre digital C-print installation comprising hundreds of photographs of individual buses. The Fifth Travel (2007) comprises a series of frames pairing souvenir images of famous European landmarks with the artist's own photos echoing the same compositions. Buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Piccadilly Circus are re-presented through Kim's lens in a subtle interrogation of the social practices and stereotyped gestures associated with genre photography—in this case, amateur or touristic photography.

With a sensitivity to the parameters of the medium, Kim utilises photography as a tool through which to examine perception, spectacle, and the banality or universality of experience.

Publications: The Tedious Landscape

Kim's images have been published in photobooks including The Tedious Landscape (2003) and The Tedious Landscape II (2008). The 'Tedious Landscape' series (2001—2008) features the artist's documentary-style photographs of various peripheral regions of South Korea, including rural villages, landscapes, and bodybuilding and beauty pageants.

Paintings

In his painting practice, Kim meticulously renders Korean phrases in oils or acrylics on canvas, in a graphic style reminiscent of traditional signwriting. Areumdapseumnida (This is Beautiful) (2013) centres the phrase 'this is beautiful' in clean typography against an orange background, while Jalbogogamnida (It's Appreciated) (2013) similarly presents 'it's appreciated' in white text on black. Though elusive in meaning, Kim's paintings recall his photographic explorations of the stereotypes and associations of a medium. In his paintings, this inquiry delves into language divorced from context.

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Sam by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Sam Digital C-print
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Minisyupeo by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Minisyupeo, 2017 Digital C-print
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Yeop jip by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Yeop jip, 2017 Digital C-print
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Dabanggwa yakguk by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Dabanggwa yakguk, 2017 Digital C-print
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Heukbyeok Jip by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Heukbyeok Jip, 2017 Digital C-print
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6-1 Yuk dasi il by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim 6-1 Yuk dasi il, 2017 Digital C-print
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Gyohoe by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Gyohoe, 2017 Digital C-print
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Nokseun Daemun by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Nokseun Daemun, 2017 Digital C-print
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Nongyaksa by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Nongyaksa, 2017 Digital C-print
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Nun oneun narui Jip by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Nun oneun narui Jip, 2017 Digital C-print
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damjaengiro deopin jip by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim damjaengiro deopin jip, 2017 Digital C-print
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Dongdong bokjihoegwan by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Dongdong bokjihoegwan, 2017 Digital C-print
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Du gidung inneun jip by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Du gidung inneun jip, 2017 Digital C-print
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Rieoka inneun jip by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Rieoka inneun jip, 2017 Digital C-print
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Mokgongso by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Mokgongso, 2017 Digital C-print
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Mokwadabang by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Mokwadabang, 2017 Digital C-print
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Byeollyang nonghyeop by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Byeollyang nonghyeop, 2017 Digital C-print
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Buljosim by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Buljosim, 2017 Digital C-print
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Saok by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Saok, 2017 Digital C-print
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Seulleiteu hamseok byeok jip by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Seulleiteu hamseok byeok jip, 2017 Digital C-print
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Siregi mallineun jip by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Siregi mallineun jip, 2017 Digital C-print
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Oraedoen jip by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Oraedoen jip, 2017 Digital C-print
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Yasaeng deulgukwa pieotdeon jip by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Yasaeng deulgukwa pieotdeon jip, 2017 Digital C-print
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Ibalgwan by Yunho Kim contemporary artwork photography
Yunho Kim Ibalgwan, 2017 Digital C-print
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