Na Kim Set v.15

February 7  — April 9, 2019

OPENING PARTY: February 7th, 2019

Na Kim creates expansive work that freely traverses the edge between fine art and design. Kim’s works have been showcased at many international exhibitions, including The V&A, MoMA, Milan Triennale Museum, Die Neue Sammlung, MMCA, CAFA, and many more. By doing away with pre-existing rules and symbolic meanings, she studies the essential elements in form, rearranging it based on its geometric standards. In her work, the formal elements of graphic design are transformed into the formal language of fine art. She presents ongoing experiments with new forms and content that transcend the boundaries that exist between contemporary art and design.

The ongoing series titled SET, was first shown as a solo exhibition in New York in 2015. In SET, a collection of past works dating from 2006 to 2015 were presented. The book with the eponymous title functions as a catalog and an exhibition plan. In the SET series, the contents of the catalog are installed in the exhibition space, where either past commissions or studio works are collectively shown regardless of their production year, medium, or context. They are imbued with a new order based on visual elements from each component.

Creator

Na Kim

Na Kim is a graphic designer. After studying product design and graphic design in Korea, Kim participated in Werkplaats Typografie in the Netherlands. Kim is currently based in Seoul and Berlin, as a member of Table Union, and is involved in the artist-run-space Common Center. She has focused on the visual language of autonomous works as well as cultural commissioned projects. Besides many other projects, she was responsible for the concept and design of GRAPHIC magazine from 2009 till 2011. Kim was selected as Next Generation Design Leaders in 2008, was awarded the Doosan Artist Award in 2013, Todays Young Artist Award in 2014, presented by the Ministry of Culture in Korea. Kim’s works have been showcased at many international exhibitions, including The V&A, MoMA, Milan Triennale Museum, Die Neue Sammlung, MMCA, CAFA and many more.

Civilization

Civilization is a design practice that works with causes, clients and partners that share their commitment for creating positive change. They do this by building identity systems, digital experiences, printed materials, environmental graphics and exhibitions. Through hosting workshops, lectures, their interview series–Beyond This Point, and their non-profit gallery, Non-Breaking Space, they hope to inspire conversation and connection. They are the recipient of the National Design Award for Communication Design from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Webby Award for Best Activist Website. Their internationally recognized work is included in the permanent collection of SFMOMA and the Milton Glaser Design Archives at SVA.

Events

Design Lecture Series with Na Kim

February 8, 2019 — 6:30–9pm

Join Na Kim for a free lecture as part of the Design Lecture Series at the Seattle Public Library–Central Branch. The Design Lecture Series brings world-class designers to the stage to share their knowledge for free. Our aim is to stimulate conversation around design, share its rich history and inspire our communities.