KIM-JOON I TATTOO YOU
December 8th, 2005,
7 - 9 pm
December 9th, 2005 – January 15th, 2006
The artist will be present.
While the 15th International Tattoo Convention will be opening in Berlin, welcoming 120 artists from all over the world in Berlin, ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN are presenting the exhibition TATTOO YOU by the Korean artist Kim-Joon.
Kim´s work is focusing on the tattoo as a reflective idea of the own consciousness, presented on the human skin. The artist, born in 1966 and currently living in Seoul, is confronting his audience with fundamental questions on tattooing as a social standard and group membership.
His work is based on a multi-layered concept, which reveals conflicts (and cooperations) between individuals and groups as well as between single sociopolitical-based or also 'branded' in-groups.
On photographs, with videos and 3D graphics, the artist presents the tattoo as a social experience on a cultural level, where transformation, adaptation and a mixture of divergent cultural elements take place. With the help of 3D graphics, Kim-Joon is creating hyper-realistic images of great symbolism. On the texture of the skin, he exceeds the social iconography of the tattoo and brands the body with globally capitalistic trademarks, signs of political ideology, of religious belief or simply of personal taste.