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Yong Joo Kim

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Published: 31.05.2016
Yong Joo Kim. Brooch: Crossing the chasm:  5.3V.1K & 3.3V.1K, 2015. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, sterling silver. 12 x 9 x 5.5 cm. Photo by: Studio Munch. Yong Joo Kim
Brooch: Crossing the chasm: 5.3V.1K & 3.3V.1K, 2015
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, sterling silver
12 x 9 x 5.5 cm
Photo by: Studio Munch
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Yong Joo Kim. Brooch: Crossing the chasm: 5.3V.2K & 3.2V, 2015. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, sterling silver. Photo by: Studio Munch. 10 x 9.5 x 4.5 cm and 12.5 x 12 x 4 cm. Yong Joo Kim
Brooch: Crossing the chasm: 5.3V.2K & 3.2V, 2015
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, sterling silver
Photo by: Studio Munch
10 x 9.5 x 4.5 cm and 12.5 x 12 x 4 cm
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Yong Joo Kim. Brooch: Crossing the chasm: 6.1v & 5.1v & 4.1v & 3.1v, 2016. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, sterling silver. 10 x 14 x 5 cm. Photo by: Studio Munch. Yong Joo Kim
Brooch: Crossing the chasm: 6.1v & 5.1v & 4.1v & 3.1v, 2016
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, sterling silver
10 x 14 x 5 cm
Photo by: Studio Munch
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Yong Joo Kim. Brooch: Transitions in Red XI, 2015. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, sterling silver. Photo by: Studio Munch. 10 x 7 x 4 cm (top) and 7 x 17 x 4 cm. Yong Joo Kim
Brooch: Transitions in Red XI, 2015
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, sterling silver
Photo by: Studio Munch
10 x 7 x 4 cm (top) and 7 x 17 x 4 cm
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Yong Joo Kim. Necklace: Crossing the chasm:  6(4.3.1v.1k) & 2(5.4.1v.1k) & 3(3.2.1v.1k), 2016. Velcro hook-and-loop fastener, thread. 39 x 23 x 4.5 cm. Photo by: Studio Munch. Yong Joo Kim
Necklace: Crossing the chasm: 6(4.3.1v.1k) & 2(5.4.1v.1k) & 3(3.2.1v.1k), 2016
Velcro hook-and-loop fastener, thread
39 x 23 x 4.5 cm
Photo by: Studio Munch
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Yong Joo Kim. Necklace: Transitions in Red XII, 2016. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, sterling silver. 22 x 24 x 4 cm. Photo by: Studio Munch. Yong Joo Kim
Necklace: Transitions in Red XII, 2016
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, sterling silver
22 x 24 x 4 cm
Photo by: Studio Munch
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Yong Joo Kim. Necklace: Transitions in Red II, 2015. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread. 35 × 29 × 4 cm. Photo by: Studio Munch. Yong Joo Kim
Necklace: Transitions in Red II, 2015
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread
35 × 29 × 4 cm
Photo by: Studio Munch
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Yong Joo Kim. Necklace: Transitions in Red I, 2015. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread. 35 × 25 × 3.5 cm. Photo by: Studio Munch. Yong Joo Kim
Necklace: Transitions in Red I, 2015
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread
35 × 25 × 3.5 cm
Photo by: Studio Munch
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Yong Joo Kim. Necklace: Transitions in Red I, 2015. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread. 35 × 25 × 3.5 cm. Photo by: Studio Munch. (back). Yong Joo Kim
Necklace: Transitions in Red I, 2015
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread
35 × 25 × 3.5 cm
Photo by: Studio Munch

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Yong Joo Kim. Brooch: Transitions in Red III, 2014. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, Sterling  silver. 11 × 7 × 4 cm. Photo by: Studio Munch. Yong Joo Kim
Brooch: Transitions in Red III, 2014
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, Sterling silver
11 × 7 × 4 cm
Photo by: Studio Munch
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Yong Joo Kim. Necklace: Transitions in Red V, 2015. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread. 2 1× 19 × 4 cm. Photo by: Studio Munch. Yong Joo Kim
Necklace: Transitions in Red V, 2015
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread
2 1× 19 × 4 cm
Photo by: Studio Munch
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Yong Joo Kim. Brooch: Transitions in Red VI, 2014. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, Sterling silver. 8 × 6 × 3.5 cm. Yong Joo Kim
Brooch: Transitions in Red VI, 2014
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, Sterling silver
8 × 6 × 3.5 cm
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Yong Joo Kim. Ring: Transitions in Red IX, 2015. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread. 5 × 6.5 × 3 cm. Photo by: Studio Munch. Yong Joo Kim
Ring: Transitions in Red IX, 2015
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread
5 × 6.5 × 3 cm
Photo by: Studio Munch
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Yong Joo Kim. Bracelet: In Light of Space II, 2014. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread. 14 × 12 × 11 cm / 8 × 14 × 15 cm. Photo by: Studio Munch. Yong Joo Kim
Bracelet: In Light of Space II, 2014
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread
14 × 12 × 11 cm / 8 × 14 × 15 cm
Photo by: Studio Munch
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Yong Joo Kim. Bracelet: In Light of Space II, 2014. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread. 14 × 12 × 11 cm. Yong Joo Kim
Bracelet: In Light of Space II, 2014
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread
14 × 12 × 11 cm
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Studies in Requisite Variety: An Interview with Yong Joo Kim
Sublime Experiment
2014
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Yong Joo Kim. Brooch: Requisite Variety S2-EV8, 2013. Hook-loop fastener, Sterling Silver. 6 x 8 x 4”. Photo Credit: Harry Gould Harvey IV. Yong Joo Kim
Brooch: Requisite Variety S2-EV8, 2013
Hook-loop fastener, Sterling Silver
6 x 8 x 4”
Photo Credit: Harry Gould Harvey IV
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Yong Joo Kim. Neckpiece: Requisite Variety S2-EV9, 2013. Hook-loop fastener, Sterling Silver. 16 x 14 x 1”. Photo Credit: Harry Gould Harvey IV. Yong Joo Kim
Neckpiece: Requisite Variety S2-EV9, 2013
Hook-loop fastener, Sterling Silver
16 x 14 x 1”
Photo Credit: Harry Gould Harvey IV
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Yong Joo Kim. Neckpiece: Requisite Variety S2-EV7, 2013. Hook-loop fastener, Sterling Silver. 4.5 x 14 x 4.5”. Photo Credit: Harry Gould Harvey IV. Yong Joo Kim
Neckpiece: Requisite Variety S2-EV7, 2013
Hook-loop fastener, Sterling Silver
4.5 x 14 x 4.5”
Photo Credit: Harry Gould Harvey IV
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Yong Joo Kim. Brooch: Requisite Variety S4-EV7, 2013. Hook-loop fastener, Sterling Silver. 3 x 3 x 1”. Photo Credit: Harry Gould Harvey IV. Yong Joo Kim
Brooch: Requisite Variety S4-EV7, 2013
Hook-loop fastener, Sterling Silver
3 x 3 x 1”
Photo Credit: Harry Gould Harvey IV
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Yong Joo Kim. Neckpiece: Requisite Variety S4-EV6, 2012. Hook and loop fastener, thread. 3 x 19 x 1.25. Photo Credit: Harry Gould Harvey IV. Yong Joo Kim
Neckpiece: Requisite Variety S4-EV6, 2012
Hook and loop fastener, thread
3 x 19 x 1.25
Photo Credit: Harry Gould Harvey IV
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Yong Joo Kim. Bracelet: Requisite Variety S4-EV3, 2012. Hook and loop fastener, thread. 4 x 4 x 2. Photo Credit: Studio Munch. Yong Joo Kim
Bracelet: Requisite Variety S4-EV3, 2012
Hook and loop fastener, thread
4 x 4 x 2
Photo Credit: Studio Munch
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Yong Joo Kim. Bracelet: In light of Space, 2012. Hook and loop fastener, thread. 4.5 x 6.5 x 6” each. Photo Credit: Studio Munch. Yong Joo Kim
Bracelet: In light of Space, 2012
Hook and loop fastener, thread
4.5 x 6.5 x 6” each
Photo Credit: Studio Munch
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Yong Joo Kim. Neckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Twist Looped and Linked, 2011. Hook-and-loop fastener. 12 x 16 x 4”. Yong Joo, KimNeckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Twist Looped and Linked, 2012Hook-and-loop fastener12 x 16 x 4”. Yong Joo Kim
Neckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Twist Looped and Linked, 2011
Hook-and-loop fastener
12 x 16 x 4”


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Neckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Twist Looped and Linked, 2012
Hook-and-loop fastener
12 x 16 x 4”

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Yong Joo Kim. Neckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Twist Looped and Attached, 2011. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread. 14 x 15 x 2.5”. Yong Joo, KimNeckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Twist Looped and Attached, 2012Hook-and-loop fastener, Thread14 x 15 x 2.5”. Yong Joo Kim
Neckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Twist Looped and Attached, 2011
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread
14 x 15 x 2.5”


Yong Joo, Kim
Neckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Twist Looped and Attached, 2012
Hook-and-loop fastener, Thread
14 x 15 x 2.5”

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Yong Joo Kim. Neckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Twist Looped, Pressed and Attached, 2012. Hook-and-loop fastener, Thread. 9 x 13.5 x 1”. Model: Olivia Culpo. Yong Joo Kim
Neckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Twist Looped, Pressed and Attached, 2012
Hook-and-loop fastener, Thread
9 x 13.5 x 1”
Model: Olivia Culpo
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Yong Joo Kim. Bracelet: In Light of Space: Overlapped and Twice Spiraled (Left)/ In Light of Space: Overlapped and Once Spiraled (Right), 2012. Grey Hook-and-loop fastener, Thread. 5x 5 x 7” / 5 x 5 x 7”. Model: Olivia Culpo. Yong Joo Kim
Bracelet: In Light of Space: Overlapped and Twice Spiraled (Left)/ In Light of Space: Overlapped and Once Spiraled (Right), 2012
Grey Hook-and-loop fastener, Thread
5x 5 x 7” / 5 x 5 x 7”
Model: Olivia Culpo
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Yong Joo Kim. Bracelet: In Light of Space: Overlapped and Raised by Six (Left)/ In Light of Space: Overlapped and Twice Spiraled (Right), 2012. Grey and Black Hook-and-loop fastener, Thread. 4.5 x 4.5 x 7.5” / 5.5 x 5.5 x 6”. Model: Olivia Culpo. Yong Joo Kim
Bracelet: In Light of Space: Overlapped and Raised by Six (Left)/ In Light of Space: Overlapped and Twice Spiraled (Right), 2012
Grey and Black Hook-and-loop fastener, Thread
4.5 x 4.5 x 7.5” / 5.5 x 5.5 x 6”
Model: Olivia Culpo
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Yong Joo Kim. Bracelet: In Light of Space: Overlapped and Raised by Four (Left)/ In Light of Space: Overlapped and Raised by Six (Right), 2012. Black Hook-and-loop fastener, Thread. 4.5 x 4.5 x 7.5” / 5.5 x 5.5 x 9.5”. Model: Olivia Culpo. Yong Joo Kim
Bracelet: In Light of Space: Overlapped and Raised by Four (Left)/ In Light of Space: Overlapped and Raised by Six (Right), 2012
Black Hook-and-loop fastener, Thread
4.5 x 4.5 x 7.5” / 5.5 x 5.5 x 9.5”
Model: Olivia Culpo
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Yong Joo Kim. Neckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Twist Looped and Attached, 2011. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread. 14 x 15 x 2.5”. Yong Joo Kim
Neckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Twist Looped and Attached, 2011
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread
14 x 15 x 2.5”
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Yong Joo Kim. Neckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Twist Looped and Linked, 2011. Hook-and-loop fastener. 12 x 16 x 4”. Yong Joo Kim
Neckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Twist Looped and Linked, 2011
Hook-and-loop fastener
12 x 16 x 4”
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Yong Joo Kim. Neckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Rounded, Aligned and Twisted #1, 2011. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread. 8 x 15 x 3”. Yong Joo Kim
Neckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Rounded, Aligned and Twisted #1, 2011
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread
8 x 15 x 3”
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Yong Joo Kim. Neckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Aligned, Rolled and Attached, 2011. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, sterling silver. 18 x 8 x 0.5. Yong Joo Kim
Neckpiece: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Aligned, Rolled and Attached, 2011
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, sterling silver
18 x 8 x 0.5
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Yong Joo Kim. Brooch: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Rounded, Aligned and Folded, 2011. Hook-and-loop fastener, sterling silver. 3.5 x 4 x 0.5 ”. Yong Joo Kim
Brooch: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Rounded, Aligned and Folded, 2011
Hook-and-loop fastener, sterling silver
3.5 x 4 x 0.5 ”
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Yong Joo Kim. Brooch: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Stacked and Rolled, 2011. Hook-and-loop fastener, sterling silver. 4 x 3 x 2”. Yong Joo Kim
Brooch: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Stacked and Rolled, 2011
Hook-and-loop fastener, sterling silver
4 x 3 x 2”
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Yong Joo Kim. Bracelet: Reconfiguring the Ordinary:  Rounded, Aligned and Twisted #2, 2011. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread. 3.75 x 4 x 1”. Yong Joo Kim
Bracelet: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Rounded, Aligned and Twisted #2, 2011
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread
3.75 x 4 x 1”
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Yong Joo Kim. Ring: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Rolled and Inserted, 2011. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, sterling silver. 1.25 x 1.25 x 1.25”. Yong Joo Kim
Ring: Reconfiguring the Ordinary: Rolled and Inserted, 2011
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread, sterling silver
1.25 x 1.25 x 1.25”
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Outer Expression of Inner Beauty
Sublime Experiment
2012
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Statement

Overview: Requisite Variety

After graduation in 2009, I was left with a limited set of tools, resources, and finances. Such limitation made me search for an inexpensive material that I could shape with my bare hands. The material I chose was pieces of grey and black hook and loop fasteners.

Making art became a method of survival. The act of making breathed meaning and reason necessary for my psychological survival. The act of sharing my work with the world provided food, clothes and shelter necessary for my physical survival.

To more consciously explore the relationship between art and survival, I decided to limit myself to merely three distinct shapes of hook and loop fasteners. I wondered if I could survive with such harsh limitations.

As I started to experiment by generating many diverse sets of forms from one or more of the three shapes, I began to see an inextricable link between survival and mastery.

Ashby's Law of Requisite Variety states that only variety can absorb variety. What he means is that, in order to master any problem or process, we have to be able to bring more variety to bear than is inherent in the situation.

Think of two jazz players improvising: one plays a certain melody and another responds with a different melody. Even when an unexpected melody is played, a master improviser has the ability to choose the most appropriate response that expresses the feeling they desire while maintaining the integrity of the ensemble. In this regard, mastery is the stage that one reaches by acquiring a sufficient variety of responses that empowers one to deal with this kind of interaction.

If the jazz players’ continuous playing is analogous to me being able to keep generating new forms, could this be what it means to survive? Could the process of survival be inextricably linked to the process of achieving mastery?

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Think of beans, straws, pins, nails, velcro, snaps, cable ties, and electric caps. These objects are not normally considered beautiful or valuable. I explore the value of such mundane objects, and discover their hidden beauty through a process of reconfiguration. Think of the velcro: a long strip of rough, bland, and industrial object, seen on shoes, bags, watches, and at the grocery store. As I pay close attention to it and its system of organization in my environment, I find new ways of looking, new ways of decomposing and composing them, and new ways of creating a relationship between it and our body. My work introduces unconventional use of familiar artifacts into a world full of conventions.

By assembling, grouping, clustering, and piling, the simple elements become complex, and give rise to the unexpected. As the wearer approaches my work, their perspective shifts and sudden realizations spark wonder, discovery, tension, joy and play. My investigation of creation, innovation, and transformation questions the definition of value, and provides a never-ending field for invention

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2016:
Exhibition  25 Nov 2016 - 25 Feb 2017  20/20/20.
Fair  03 Nov 2016 - 06 Nov 2016  SOFA Chicago Represented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h.
Exhibition  23 Aug 2016 - 24 Sep 2016  Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition 2016.
Exhibition  01 Aug 2016 - 17 Sep 2016  Make Your Movements. Korean Contemporary Objects, A New Approach.
Exhibition  01 Aug 2016 - 17 Sep 2016  Make Your Movements. Korean Contemporary Objects, A New Approach.
Exhibition  01 Jul 2016 - 06 Oct 2016  Color Me This. Contemporary Art Jewelry.
Exhibition  16 May 2016 - 24 Jun 2016  Sook Myung Womne’s University Museum.
Seoul, South Korea
Symposium  16 May 2016 - 24 Jun 2016  Emboided hosted by UW-Milwaukee Jewelry & Metals.
ZOOM symposium, UWM Art History Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.
Exhibition  16 May 2016 - 09 Jul 2016  Poom. Power of Gentleness.
Exhibition  25 Feb 2016 - 28 Feb 2016  Art Now Fair Represented by Charon Kransen.
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach FL, U.S.A.
Exhibition  20 Feb 2016 - 28 Mar 2016  Korea NOW! Korean Crafts & Design in Munich 2016.
Exhibition  19 Feb 2016 - 27 Mar 2016  Complex into Simple: Korean Craft & Design.
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum,  Munich, Germany
 
Exhibition  15 Jan 2016 - 01 Mar 2016  No Boundaries: Art as Jewelry, Jewelry as Art.
2015:
Exhibition  06 Dec 2015 - 20 Feb 2016  End of Year Exhibition.
Exhibition  03 Oct 2015 - 07 Nov 2015  The New Textiles: Transformed.
Exhibition  29 May 2015 - 06 Jul 2015  Contemplastic.
Exhibition  05 Mar 2015 - 17 Apr 2015  Naturaficial: The Jewelry of Yong Joo Kim and Yoshie Enda.
2014:
Exhibition  30 Aug 2014 - 05 Oct 2014  Cominelli Foundation Award for Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition.
Exhibition  16 May 2014 - 30 Jun 2014  Remarkable Contemporary Jewellery.
Exhibition  02 May 2014 - 19 Jul 2014  Yong Joo Kim: 2014 SAC Artist Awards Exhibition.
Exhibition  13 Mar 2014 - 16 Mar 2014  Suspend.ed in Green.
2013:
Exhibition  07 Dec 2013 - 31 Jan 2014  Objects of Status, Power & Adornment Part II.
Meeting  01 Nov 2013 - 01 Nov 2013  Yong Joo Kim scheduled to speak at SOFA Chicago.
Exhibition  15 Aug 2013 - 28 Sep 2013  Yong Joo Kim: Spotlight.
Exhibition  17 Jul 2013 - 17 Aug 2013  Seams | Seems.
Award  06 Mar 2013 - 12 Mar 2013  Talente Competition 2013.
2012:
Exhibition  03 Oct 2012 - 24 Oct 2012  Signs of Life 2012.
Exhibition  01 Oct 2012 - 07 Oct 2012  Yong Joo Kim at Simple Matter(s).
Exhibition  13 Jun 2012 - 01 Jul 2012  Yong Joo Kim and Aki Ichiriki: Twist.
Exhibition  20 Apr 2012 - 23 Apr 2012  Yong Joo Kim at SOFA New York.
Exhibition  16 Feb 2012 - 31 Mar 2012  International Jewellery - based on readymades.
2011:
Exhibition  22 Nov 2011 - 30 Nov 2011  Yong Joo Kim: Reconfiguring the Ordinary.
Exhibition  19 Aug 2011 - 21 Aug 2011  Yong Joo Kim: Reconfiguring the Ordinary.
2010:
Exhibition  20 Oct 2010 - 26 Oct 2010  LOOT! 2010.

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Book:  New Necklaces: 400+ Contemporary Designs. Estrada, Nicolas.  Promopress:  United Kingdom,  2016
Book:  Showcase 500 Rings. New Directions in Art Jewelry. Metcalf, Bruce; Le Van, Marthe.  Lark Crafts:  Asheville,  2012
Book:  Jewelbook. International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art 12/13. Van Damme, Jaak.  Stichting Kunstboek:  Oostkamp,  2012
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