Hometown: South Korea
Based in: South Korea
Kulim Kim is the first avant-garde artist in Korea. He formed an experimental group called The Forth Group in 1969, and presented a series of performances . Also, he produced Korea’s first avant-garde film, breaking free from the existing film grammar, <The Meaning of 1/24 Second>(1969); the first work of mail art, <The Relic of Mass Media> dealing with the issue of the media in our civilization; the first light art piece; and Korea's first work of land art, < From Phenomenon to Traces> (1970). Crossing the boundaries between theater performance, film, dance and directing and leading the contemporary Korean art scene at the forefront, he broke away from his established stance unlike other artists from his generation in the mid '80s. He went over to the US in search of zeitgeist and sensitivity, and has been ceaselessly attempting new experiments.
Believing that changing times entail changes in thoughts, which in turn leads to new works, Kim has been unfurling his artistic critique of our contemporary civilization with his aesthetic reflections through his works since the ‘90s based on the philosophy of Yin and Yang as well as his desire to seek harmony among different worlds, propelled by his deconstructive reasoning and nomadic tendency of delving into a chain of self-reflection and denial. He has focused on his own unique world, refusing to compromise with the mainstream and reclaiming new territories with the spirit of the avant-garde. The denial of conventions, and constant deconstruction of his own work – this is why we see Kulim Kim as a peerless artist.
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