Bong Jung Kim

Bong Jung Kim

KR

Bio

Bong Jung Kim is a Korean-born artist living in the New York City area. He is a skilled artist who merges discarded high-tech materials with pictures of black, blossom-like shapes that might be flowers, or more erotically, pubic hair or even female genitalia. His series is called “Addiction,” a problem with obsessively observing pornography that he candidly acknowledged in conversation. The electron parts he attaches, usually to the center of the flowers, also indicate addiction -- in this case our helpless dependence on high technology, the cyber world, and the Internet. Interestingly, the honesty with which Kim acknowledges his dependence on sex videos flies in the face of the traditional Korean culture, whose sexual probity is well known. But Kim is living and showing in America, where it is acceptable to express one’s desire openly. His "Addiction" series not only opens up a set of issues that for polite, middle class Korean society is more or less taboo, it also presents the predicament of a man overwhelmed by the open sexualization of culture, in a place where porn has become, more or less, a mainstream part of the American experience. Without judging the desire of the artist, we can contemplate the success of his paintings/assmblages, which are neither explicit nor hidden but take a middle ground, presenting openly the interface between sex and modern culture.

2017 Treasure Hunt

Mykonos Biennale  -  Antidote Box - screen shot

Antidote Box

Mykonos Biennale  -  Antidote Box - screen shot

Antidote Box

Mykonos Biennale  -  Antidote Box - screen shot

Antidote Box

Mykonos Biennale  -  Antidote Box - screen shot

Antidote Box

Mykonos Biennale  -  Antidote Box - screen shot

Antidote Box

2015 Treasure Hunt

Mykonos Biennale  -  Antidote Box - screen shot

Antidote Box