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MyungJin Kim - Artists + Designers - Hostler Burrows

Courtesy MyungJin Kim

MyungJin Kim was born in 1975, South Korea. She received her MFA in ceramic art in Seoul National University in 2002 after which she moved to Los Angeles.

Her ceramic art can be found in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, OR, The Pizzuti Collection in the Columbus Museum of Art, The Resnick Collection in Los Angeles, The Archie Bray Foundation Collection in Helena, Montana, The Sonny Kamm Teapot Collection in Los Angeles. As well her work can be found in numerous private collections in the United States.

In MyungJin’s most current body of work, ‘Paradise’, she sculpts organically shaped, low relief, narrative story vessels in warm earthy terra cotta rather than the porcelain clay she had used for so many years in previous bodies of work. Although the themes in her work are archetypal, MJ filters and distills events from the immediacy of her own life as poignant subject matter in her art.

MyungJin Kim - Artists + Designers - Hostler Burrows

Courtesy of Center of Contemporary Ceramics at CSULB

MJ recently moved to San Pedro, CA and with her partner, has created two entirely different sanctuary gardens; one rich with exotic fruits & vegetables and the other with ancient jurassic era plants.
MyungJin has long been interested in painting styles from the East and West. Korean “Minhwa” are mysteriously beautiful folk paintings which have been influential in her work. In particular, 19th century “Whajodo” are symbolic folk paintings that include landscapes with lush flowers and “mated for life” pairs of birds. They offer the promise of prosperity, longevity and happiness.
In the “Paradise” series, MyungJin’s narrative story vessels depict a primal botanical landscape inspired by the ancient plants in her garden. Frequently subject matter among other things, are mated pairs of owls and birds. The owl has been an enduring subject matter appearing intermittently through the years in MJ Kim’s ceramic art.

Each vessels is hand-made with terra cotta clay. Imagery is begun as low relief sculpture around the vessels with painted details in white slip added to complete the image. It is where the complexity of the 2 dimensional and the 3 dimensional come together to complete a form and an image. The vessels are painted and polished with terra sigilatta, best known as the surface finish on remarkable pre-columbian ceramic art from Mexico, Central and South America. This shift in her work was inspired by a recent trip to Mexico City.


Presented in collaboration with AGO Projects


2002    Master of Arts, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
1998    Bachelor of Arts, Daegu University, Daegu, Korea, South Korea

2022    Hortus Talisman, Hostler Burrows, Los Angeles, CA
2021    Paradise, Salon94, New York, NY

2021    Cracked, Tristan Hoare, London, UK
            Vessels, Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami, FL
2020    Miam Tableaux, LGxSalon94Design, Miami, FL
            Hola Aspen, AGO Projects, Aspen, CO
            Zona Maco with AGO Projects, Mexico City, Mexico
2018    Fellowship Exhibition at Archie Bray Foundation, Holter Museum, Helena, MT
2017    Breathing Heritage, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR
2015    Beyond Morning Calm, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL
            Cerritos College 2015 Annual Faculty Show, Cerritos, CA
2014    A Clay Bestiary, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
            Art Auction 2014, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2013    Small Favor VIII, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
            Art Auction XV, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
            Biota, MotherDogStudio, NCECA, Houston, TX
            La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA, Houston, TX
            Containment IV: All Starts, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC

2012    CAT, Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
            Three-Person Show: Christina Bothwell, Robert Turner, Myungjin Kim, Santa Fe Clay,
            Sante Fe, NM
            Reliquary, Imagine Gallery, Sudbury, Suffolk, UK
            Mostrada Primavera 2012, Palazzo Vagnoti, Cortona, Italy
            New Paths: Nine Emerging Ceramic Artists, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX
            Small Favors VII, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
            Pray/Captured, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
            From the Wall, Stories Emerge, Angie Newman Johnson Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2011    Tea for Two, Officine Saffi Gallery, Milan, Italy
            One & Only, Artspace at John Michael Kohler Art Center, Kohler, USA
            Kolva-Sullivan Exhibition, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA
            Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
            Art Auction 14, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
            Composite Voices: Contemporary Asian America Craft, Artspace Gallery, John Michael
            Kohler Art Center, Kohler, WI
            Skin, NCECA, Artful Living, St. Petersburg, FL

21C Museum Hotels, Louisville, KY
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR
Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH
Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Resnick Private Art Collection, Roll International Co., Los Angeles, CA

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