Dae Soo KIM

Bamboos, Kim’s object is in Asia regarded as plants of noble scholars. It is because bamboos signify integrity and honor, as can be inferred from the shape of the Chinese character for bamboo(竹). The artist pays attention to the formal characteristics of bamboo stems and leaves, capturing in them one paragon of East Asian spirit. It is through his photography that the heart of East Asian spirit is reborn as a visual image.

In portraying Asian spirit through the visual image of bamboos, Kim also uses the innate technical characteristics of photography. He retains negative prints and uses them to reverse his shading on the final images. While such reversing technique hints at yin and yang interaction in Asian philosophy, it also allows the image to stray from reality and instead maximize abstractness, thus amounting to Asian metaphysics embodied in geometrical form. The formal composition and contrast of black and white generated by the crossing of the bamboo stem’s long lines with the nodes’ short lines reveal Asian yin-yang outlook on life and delicate aesthetics.

Of all natural objects, Kim especially focuses on the form of bamboos and visualizes not only the human significance of bamboos, but East Asian outlook on nature. A bamboo tree is not a mere object facing humans, but yet another subject interacting with humans. In such context, Kim’s bamboo works should be read through not Western, but Asian eyes. Early on, Edward Said had warned, in his text Orientalism, of the error of judging the East with Western standards and stressed the uniqueness of Asian culture, claiming that “East is East.” As such, the true meaning and value of Kim’s bamboo photos can fully appreciated only when they are read with East Asian culture’s ethical aspects in mind.

Education

  • 1975 – 1979 B.F.A., Dept. of Applied Art, College of Fine Arts, Hongik Univ., Seoul, Korea
  • 1980 – 1981 Studied at Dept. of Photo-Design, Graduate School of Industrial Art, Hongik Univ. Korea
  • 1981 – 1983 B.F.A., Photography, Parsons School of Design, N.Y. U.S.A
  • 1983 – 1987 M.F.A., Photography, Pratt Institute, N.Y. U.S.A
  • 1955   Born in Seoul, Korea
  • 1979 – 1980 Worked in The Office of Planning & Coordination of Daewoo Company
  • 1987 – 1988 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  • 1988 – 1993 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Photography, Sangmyong Univ.
  • 1989 – 2005 Graduate School of Industrial Art, Ewha Woman’s Univ.
  • 2001 – 2002 Exchange Professor, Dept. of Photography, Nihon Univ.
  • 2011 – 2012 Artist Residency, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
  • 1993 – Present, Professor, Dept. of Visual Communication, Hongik Univ.

Solo Shows

  • 2019 《sky Land and Manscape》, Lucida Gallery, JinJu
  • 2018 《DaeSoo Kim Photography》, Art Gallery JeonJu, JeonJu
  • 2018 《The Garden of Letters》, Seoi Gallery, Seoul
  • 2017 《Sky Wind Stars and Me》, Gallery BK, Seoul
  • 2015 《DaeSoo Kim Photography》, Francoise Livinec, Paris, France
  • 2015 《DaeSoo Kim Photography》, Gallery AChim, Seoul
  • 2015 《New Wave in Korean Photography 1988-1998》, GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan
  • 2014 《DaeSoo Kim Photographies》, IBU Gallery, Paris, France
  • 2013 《Trees from the People》, Gallery Artpark, Seoul
  • 2012 《Listen to the Bamboos》, Galerie Eulenspiegel, & Heuberg 24, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2012 《Sensibility of Bamboo》, Gallery Ewho, Seoul
  • 2012 《People du Bamboo》, Galerie Philippe Gelot, Paris, France
  • 2011 《Voice of the Bamboo》, Hanmi Museum of Photography, Jeju
  • 2011 《Voice of the Bamboo》, Shinsegae Gallery, Incheon
  • 2010 《Colors of the Bamboo》, Gallery IHN, Seoul
  • 2007 《DaeSoo Kim Photo Work》, Gallery Mac, Busan
  • 2006 《Sky Meditation》, White Wall Gallery, Seoul
  • 2004 《Sky Wind Stars and Me》, Kim Youngsub Photogallery, Seoul
  • 2003 《Trees from the People》, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul
  • 2000 《The Tale of Three Trees》, Sajinmadang, Seoul
  • 1999 《A Road to the Sky》, Kumho Museum, Seoul
  • 1998 《The Great Korean》, Olive Gallery, Seoul
  • 1996 《The Land of Wisdom》, Gallery Boda, Seoul
  • 1990 《New Wave Photographer from Korea》, Sunygate Gallery, Taiwan
  • 1988 《Creation and Then… 》, Gallery Han, Seoul
  • 1987 《Thesis Show》, Higgins Hall, New York, U.S.A.
  • 1984 《Quest of Light》, Space Gallery, Seoul
  • 1983 《Graduate One Man Show》, Parsons Hall, New York, U.S.A.

Group Shows

  • 2019 « Yeosu International Art Festival, More Less Much More », Yeosu EXPO Ocean Park, Yeosu, Korea
  • 2018 « Frames after Frames: Modern Photography Movement of Korea from 1988 to 1999 », Daegu,  Art Museum, Daegu, Korea
  • 2017 « Exhibition during PyeongChang Music Festival », Pyeongchang, Korea
  • 2017 « Exposition1# », Chateau de Dampierre sur Boutonne, France
  • 2016 « Hand », Galerie Eulenspiegel, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2016 « Public to Private-Photography in Korean Contemporary Art since 1989 », National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
  • 2015 « Current of Korean Journey of Photography », GASC Yunseul Art Museum, Kimhae, Korea
  • 2015 « The Condensed Moment », Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 2015 « Re:Kontemporary-Fermented Souls », Waterfall Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
  • 2015 « The 21st Century Handmade Print », gallery 270, Englewood, U.S.A.
  • 2015 « Korean Beauty: Two Kind of Nature », National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
  • 2015 « Hue: Rest », The American Club, Singapore
  • 2013 « The Wind that Wakes the Bamboo », Gwangju National Museum, Gwangju, Korea
  • 2013 « In Between », HyeHwa Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 2012 « Monochrome in Korea », Galelie Dorothea, Mainz, Germany
  • 2012 « Art Paris », Grand Palais, Paris, France
  • 2011 « Seoul Photo Festival 2011 », SeMa Gyeonghuigung of Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  • 2011 « Korean Sprit: Six Photographers », Aramnuri Art Center, Goyang, Korea
  • 2011 « Remember You », Hyundai Arts Center, Ulsan, Korea
  • 2010 « Go with Father and Son: HanYoung Kim, DaeSoo Kim », Moonstruck Present Gallery, Osaka
  • 2010 « Chaotic Harmony: Korean Contemporary Photography », Santa Babara Museum of Art, Santa Babara, U.S.A.
  • 2010 « Hong Kong International Art Fair », Hong Kong Convention Center, Hong Kong
  • 2009 « Art Asia: International Asian Contemporary Art », Miami, U.S.A.
  • 2009 « Paris Photo », Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
  • 2009 « China International Gallery Exposition », Beijing, China
  • 2009 « Contemporary Korean Photography 1948-2008 », Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon, Korea
  • 2008 « Exhibition during G8 Hokkaido Summit Meeting », Mori Art Museum, Hokkaido, Japan
  • 2008 « Good Morning Mr. Nam June Paik », Korean Cultural Centre U.K., London, U.K.
  • 2007 « Contemporary Art Today and Tomorrow », Sejong Culture Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 2006 « Seoul International Print-Photo Art Fair », Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 2006 « Camera Work », Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  • 2005 « The People in the Time 1945-2005 », Seoul, Korea
  • 2004 « Looking Inside », Baeksang Memorial Hall, Seoul, Korea
  • 2003 « Object and Imaginations », Gallery Lux, Seoul, Korea
  • 2001 « 19 Photographers with Calm Land 4 », Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 2000 « Landscape and Place », Gyeonggi Art Center, Suwon, Korea
  • 2000 « 12 Photographers with Calm Land 3 », Space Pool, Seoul, Korea
  • 1999 « Seoul Lumia of Century in Media 1999 », Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  • 1999 « Beyond the Threshold », Hillwood Art Museum, New York, U.S.A.
  • 1998 « History of Korean Photography », Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 1997 « Exhibition of Youth Spirit, ‘97 Gwangju Biennale Special Exhibition », Gwangju, Korea
  • 1997 « Essence of Photography Expansion of Photography », Walker Hill Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 1996 « Photography-New Vision », National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
  • 1995 « The Horizon of Korean Photography », Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
  • 1994 « The Horizon of Korean Contemporary Photography », Gongpyong Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 1994 « 50 years of Korean Photography, 1945-1994 », Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 1993 « Photography and Image », Art Sonje Museum, Gyeongju, Korea
  • 1992 « The Horizon of Korean Contemporary Photography », Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  • 1991 « The Horizon of Contemporary Korean Photography », Total Open Air, Jangheung, Korea
  • 1991 « The 1st Korea-Japan Poster Exchange Exhibition, Paper Show », Seoul, Korea
  • 1990 « Mixed Media », Kumho Museum, Seoul, Korea
  • 1990 « The 24th Korean Fine Arts Association Exhibition », National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
  • 1990 « Two Photographers from Korea », R.I.T. Gallery, Rochester, U.S.A.
  • 1989 « The 23th Korean Fine Arts Association Exhibition », National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
  • 1988 « The New Wave of the Photography », Walker Hill Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 1987 « Figurative Ideas », Korean Cultural Service New York, New York, U.S.A.