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Jiyoun Kim

Born: 1984
Hometown: Seoul
Lives and Works: Seoul

About The Artist

Jiyoun Kim is an artist and designer whose work moves between the industrial design, brand design and architecture.

He graduated from Hong-ik university in 2009, and became the manager of the North American branch of Pantech mobile device design. At Pantech, he designed and implemented the Flex, Calix, and other projects in his five years with the company. During this time, he also started his own company, JiyounKim Studio, and worked on projects for sound systems, medical machines, and other important devices. In 2010, he created the living design group, Mobject, and he led his team for two years in furniture lighting, and went to various exhibition with his groups designs. In 2014, he received his EMBA at Sung-Kyun-Kwan University. He moved to HSad, created advertisements for LG. He became the design director and founder for OTR (Over the Rainbow), which designs projects and services for brand consultations.

He works as a brand consultant for various other companies. He won the Reddot and iF design awards, and in 2016 he continues to design for companies and has branched out into other fields.

Artist Statement on 'Ception' series:

"Head Collage: Ception by Jiyoun Kim is an artwork made of ceramics and metal.

The name comes from suffix –Ception, which comes from words like conception, perception, inception, reception, all of which represent various human reactions to ideas and the influences of others.

The name reflects its structure. Each Ception sculpture is made of three parts: a round, friendly ceramic body and changeable head and hand parts. Various combinations give Ception new figure, just like the ever-changing human mind.

The human mind is constantly under the influence of outer stimuli. There are no same human beings, but there is always someone doing the same role, playing the same part in society, because external stimuli shape individuals into a gear of a larger machine. By your point of view, the head pieces shown here could represent anything. We can dress up or shape, and decorate freely. But whatever we may do, the frame of this figure will never change. This confined freedom throws a question to us: is there such thing as true free will?"