Encounter, a solo exhibition by Adelaide-based artist Jonathan Kim, will be held at Linden New Art’s Projects Space from 23 January – 23 February 2020. This marks the first time Jonathan Kim has presented his work in Melbourne.
Kim’s journey to becoming an artist is an unusual one. He was born and raised in South Korea and spent most of his 20s studying in China where he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in International Trade and Economics at Shanghai University. Jonathan’s passion for art was ignited on a 40-day tour of Europe with his wife in 2013. He migrated to Australia, and once in Adelaide decided to pursue this new passion, completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Art at the University of South Australia.
Kim’s artwork has already met with much success. His work was selected by PICA for the esteemed national graduate exhibition Hatched in 2018; featured in the prestigious Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition in 2019, where he was awarded the prestigious British School in Rome residency, as well as the Linden New Art Award, which includes this opportunity to present a solo show in the Linden Projects Space.
Linden New Art Director Melinda Martin said: “Jonathan is an exciting artist to watch and develop, he has a refined and considered aesthetic that is drawn from his cultural heritage and travels. I am delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to Jonathan, and to collaborate with the Helpmann Foundation to bring his work to Melbourne.”
Encounters will feature works created during three recent residencies including: the University of South Australia’s Vacation Research program; the British School at Rome Residency and the Sauerbier House Culture Exchange Artist in Residence program.
This exhibition demonstrates the artist’s ongoing conceptual engagement with space, form and materials. Kim’s practice places deep importance on the relationship between a medium and its environment and is deeply inspired by Korean artist Lee Ufan’s theory of Man-Nam [Encounter]. Often using found materials, Kim works across painting, drawing, sculpture and installation, and also draws on a variety of social and cultural references gleaned through his extensive travels and residencies, and from living in South Korea, China and Australia.
Jonathan Kim said: “I have seen many people strive and sacrifice for a better society, and I am very interested in the issues that occur in this society and the consequences they have. I believe it is the artist’s social responsibility to recognise and respond to these problems.”
Linden New Art
26 Acland Street, St Kilda 3182
Opening: Thursday 23 January 2020, 6-8pm. Exhibition dates: 23 January – 23 February 2020