About Artist

SETI is the outcome of the composition process of the materialization of Mari Kim’s idea, in which she creates various strange beings, entrenched from an archetype. Through this exhibition, each of the numerous eyes is recognized as beings that are capable of viewing the world independently, not derived from a single eye or perspective.
“If I could clone myself in the near future, I want to make different versions of myself.” It seems that the artist is already putting her words into practice. I would choose ‘reproduction’ as a keyword for this exhibition. Starting from the Eyedoll paintings which are Mari Kim’s artistic archetype, each of her works gains its unique context and vitality through the process of reproduction and repetition.
-Extracted from SETI, Myung-Hyun Rhee (Astronomer/Writer)

Artist’s Note
The visual image that a photograph creates is already considered as a classical realism, and the synthetic and mixed realism created by Photoshop or computer graphics is prevalent today. I want to embrace the outcome of this era and create my own image and uniqueness.
-Extracted from the artist note

Gallery Info – hakgojae

Hakgojae first opened its door in Seoul, a financial hub of Asia, in 1988. Since then, Hakgojae has been leading a rapidly growing Korean art market, as well as charting directions on how Korean art ought to be harmonized and developed within the contemporary global culture. In addition, Hakgojae expanded its presence and potential in the international art scene through the launch of ‘Hakgojae Shanghai’ in 2013 at the contemporary art district 50 Moganshan Road, Shanghai.. Read more

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2006 Master of Creative Media, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Australia

2016
SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence), Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul

2015
Forgotten Promises, Hakgojae Gallery, Shanghai
Romance in the Age of Chaos, JRGallery, Berlin

2014
Synchronicity, Shine Artists, London
Famous Show, JRGallery, Berlin
Famous Eyedolls, AP Contemporary, Hong Kong

2013
Famous Show in Hong Kong, Harbour City, LCX, Hong Kong

2012
Famous Show in Busan, Gana Art Gallery, Busan, Korea
Famous Show, Gana Art Gallery, Seoul
K POP ART, Opera Gallery Dubai DIFC, Dubai, UAE

2011
Child Play, TV12 Gallery, Seoul

2009
Eyedoll Show, Gallery LVS, Seoul

2008
Sugar Candy Show, Ssamzie Illupop, Seoul

2015
B:W, JRGallery, Berlin
Autumn Contemporary Collection, Shine Artists, London

2014
Pop & Party, Lotte Gallery, Ahnyang, Korea
Phantasmagoria, Ganainsa Art Center, Seoul

2013
K-Surrogates, (Art) Amalgamated Gallery, New York
Korean Collective, Shine Artists; Albemarle Gallery, London
Subculture Express – New Discovery of Leisure, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul
Gana 30th Anniversary Celebration Exhibition, Gana Art Gallery, Seoul

2012
Festival O! Gwangju International Media Art 2012, Gwangju, Korea
Cartoon World, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul
My Funny Valentine, KIMREEAA Gallery, Seoul
Dragon in your room, atelier aki, Seoul

2011
Black & White, Opera Gallery Seoul, Seoul
Character-Logue, JangHeung Art Park, Yangju, Korea
Fun & Toy, Gana Art Gallery, Busan, Korea
CLIO Cosmetic Art 2011 – CLIO BOX, Ganainsa Art Center, Seoul
Imaginative Virus, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Wanju, Korea
A Fantastic Place, Pyo Gallery South, Seoul

2010
IROBOT, Chosun Ilbo Gallery, Seoul
Pop Party, JangHeung Art Park, Yangju, Korea
2010 Byul Collection Now, Shinsa Art Tower, Seoul
DECEM-Satisfaction, Gallery Lee & Bae, Busan, Korea
The Stream of Korea Contemporary Art III – POP ART, Gimhae Arts and Sports Center – Yunseul Art Gallery, Gimhae, Korea
Korean 50 Contemporary Artists, Gyeonggi Arts Center, Suwon, Korea
Joyful Museum: Wow~! Funny Pop, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon, Korea
New Focus – Korean Contemporary Art, Art Seasons, Singapore

2009
Gangnam Media Pole Project: Hello! Media Pole Archive, Gallery LVS, Seoul
Hello, Funnism, Shinhan Museum, Seoul
Beauty Cures the World, Gallery Ssamzie, Seoul
‘Fun’ Exhibition, KIMREEAA Gallery, Seoul
Art Meets the Science, KIST Art space, Seoul
100 Years of Korean Cartoon, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

2008
Art Doll, Gallery Seoho, Seoul