Kim Hak Kyun

Artist Statement

   

The word SUPER, which has become a symbol of power, is recognized as a guardian of justice and human peace.
In fact, the image of Superman as we know was created in Cleveland, Ohio in 1932 by American author Jerry Segal and Canadian cartoonist Joe Schuster.
It is the time when various art trends occurred during 1930s. It was an era where everyone was swirled up between the two world wars which made it the most difficult era of modern humanity.

In order to express various and complex elements of the composition, characters with various identities are sometimes referred to as birth “SUPER”. The meaning of SUPER is beyond reality or “Something Good”.
The Nietzsche Übermensc” superman is used as the American “Superman”. The main core theme of Ubermensh Nietzsche’s thought is downfall. In simple terms, Annihilation is to be in a state of loss of motivation and complete self-absence, whereas decline is a concept that presupposes re-creation.
In other words, the fall of Charatustra becomes a prerequisite for re-creation of the surrounding environment.

What is Hak Kyun Kim's “SUPER” series? It was intensively created during the “COVID-19” period. In “SUPER”, “SUPER” refers to how the human race will overcome the devasting period of the disease and rise. It is created to tell positive and inspirational message for everyone. God of conquest and victory, equivalent to Victoria in Roman mythology.
In other words, I want to speak of the victory of mankind.

Therefore, I would like to say that my (Kim Hak Kyun) “SUPER” expresses the strongest and greatest hopes of humanity today. I add that it is also (pop and neo-pop) in style.
My work is expressed in the ways where the negative views of the contemporary era with expressions that look innocent, such as satire, humor, and cynical cuteness through exaggeration and transformation in form.
The character I used is expressed as “Super baby” and “Super Dog”. I am doing three-dimensional and planar work at the same time.
I want to express a stronger hope from absolute despair through "SUPER ".

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Liberty Super Baby with mask

2020

Acrylic on Canvas

61X76cm

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Mountain of Super Baby

2020

Acrylic on Canvas

41X50cm

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Lucky Super Baby

2020

Acrylic on Canvas

45.5X61cm

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Super Baby

2020

Acrylic on Canvas

41X50cm

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Super Baby on Moon

2020

Acrylic on Canvas

41X50cm

Artist Biography

Born in 1972 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Lives and works in Englewood, New Jersey, USA.

Selected Solo Exhibitions​

2010 “Everyday Life” in Palisades Park Library – Media Center, New Jersey
2003 “Discover Young Artist
2003 “Artforum Newgate” Seoul, Korea

2001 “Portfolto” Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2000 “Me Square” Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020        “Scope Miami Art show” New York, USA

2019        “TASTE OF CULTURE” Jersey City, NJ

2019        “Flushing Town Hall” Flushing, NY

2019        “Korean Artists Group Exhibition” Jersey City, NJ 

2019        “Korean Community Center Annual Gala Exhibition. KCC. Tenafly, NJ

2018        “Korean Artists Group Exhibition” Jersey City, NJ

2017        The 7th Annual International art Exhibition New Era.  Jersey City hall, NJ)

2017        Asia Contemporary Art Show Fall Edition

2017        Art Busan.

2016        Scope Miami Beach

2016        “Affordable Art Fair Fall Edition”

2016        Art Hamptons.

2016        Philharmonic Orchestra” Jersey City, NJ

2016        “Korean Artists Group Exhibition” Jersey City, NJ 

2015        Scope in NY

2015        Scope Miami Beach.

2015        Korean Artists Group Exhibition” Jersey City, NJ

2015        Scope New York, NY

2014        Scope Miami Beach.

2014        “Korean Artists Group Exhibition” Jersey City, NJ

2013        “Korean Artists Group Exhibition” Jersey City, NJ

2012        “Korean Artists Group Exhibition” Jersey City, NJ

2011        ”1 & 9 Gallery” New Jersey, NJ

2011        “MEMORY” Elga Wimmer PCC, New York, NY

2011        “Art Work Silent Auction” New York, NY

2011        ”Scope Miami Art show” New York, NY

2011        “Spreadin Outward” International Center in New York, NY

2010        "Chasing Dreams 56" Gallary MAUM in New York, NY

2010        “Scope Miami Art show” Miami in Florida, NY

2010        “Award Ceremony and Benefit GALA” AHL Foundation in NJ

2010        “WRCMC ART Exhibition” Lowes Philadelphia Hotel in PA,

2010        “AS ONE” Phoenix Gallery in New York, NY

2010        “The Appearance” Riverside Gallery in New Jersey, NJ

2010        “Now and...” International Center in New York, NY

2009        “RCA 09” Remnant Cultural Restoration Art Exhibition in Crystal Gateway Marriott, VA

2008        “The Dream” Riverside Gallery In New Jersey, NJ

2008        “Curator’s Choice” Lehman Student Art Gallery in New York,  NY

2007        “The Lehman College Art” Gallery in New York, NY

2006        “The Lehman College Student Art Award” Lehman College Art Building, in New York, NY

2003        “Sungshin Univ. Teaching Assistants' Show”, Gallery Kaia, in Seoul Korea.

2003        ”Appearance” Jongro Gallery in Seoul Korea.

2003        “Discover Young Artist 2003,” Artforum Newgate in Seoul Korea.

2002        “Twentieth First Century New Artists,” Seoul Art Center in Seoul Korea.

2001        ”Bus-Bus Two Persons Exhibition,” On-Line Exhibition in Seoul Korea.

2001        “Warming Up Party” Jinheung Korea Art Hall in Seoul Korea.

2000        “Training Flies,” Gallery Boda, Seoul.

2000        “Independent Curator” Jinheung Art Hall in Seoul Korea.

2000        “Hands of Mundane Life” Song Pa Library in Song Pa.

2000        “Hands of Mundane Life” Kim Po Municipal Center in Kim Po.

2000        “Hands of Mundane Life” Bucheon City Hall in Bucheon.

2000        “Working Together”  Light Gallery in Seoul Korea.

1999        “Sumidong, Gallery Ehu, in Seoul Korea.

1999        “Sale” Ehu Gallery, Seoul Korea.

1999        “21Th Century New Artists” Suwon University in Suwon.

1999        “Mountain 2-2” Eve Gallery in Seoul Korea.

1999        “Nanwon” Korea Culture & Arts Foundation in Seoul Korea.

1999        “Goon Po Regional Artists” Goon Po City Art Museum in Goon Po Korea.

1998        “Nanwon” Jongro Gallery in Seoul Korea.

1998        “Mountain 2-2” Kyoung in Gallery in Seoul Korea.

1998        “U-Painting” Hanjeon Gallery in Seoul Korea.

1998        “Moodeong Art Competition” Kwangju Museum.in Korea.

1998        “Korea Contemporary Art Competion” Design Packagiong Center in Seoul Korea.

Awards and Grants

2006        “The Lehman College Student Art Award, New York, NY
2003
        “Discover Young Artist, Seoul, Korea
2003
        ”Artforum Newgate, in Seoul Korea.
1998
        “Academic Scholarship” By Sungshin University 
1994
        “New Form” Gallery Yoon, Seoul Korea.
1994
        “Mountain” 2-2 Kyoung in Gallery in Seoul Korea.
1994
        “MBC Art Competition”  Seoul Art Center.
1994
        “Small Props” Sagak Gallery in Seoul Korea.
1994
        “MBC Art Competition” Seoul Art Center in Seoul Korea.
1994
        “94 The Best of Art” Baik Sang Gallery in Seoul Korea
1998
        “Moodeong Art Competition” Kwangju Museum.

Public Collections

ALIGNDENTALCENTER.com

AHL Foundation