The Eye of the Beholder Catalogue

The stories from Center for Ceramic residency in Berlin and the Eyes of the Beholder exhibition has been reproduced in a catalogue format.
Processes of the work and installation has been captured vividly into an intensive visual narrative.
I want to thank those who were involved in this catalogue production.

88 pages
Digital Printing / Hand binding
Book size 210mm x 267mm
Printed in Seoul, Korea
Designed by Jun Lee
Production by Tech D & P

The copies of the catalogue are available for sale at the Clay and Glass gallery shop.

The Eye of the Beholder

It is my privilege to invite you to my second solo exhibition.
Part of this exhibition will showcase the works from the Berlin residency earlier this year, which was supported by the Canada Art Council. 
It will be a summer exhibition at the Clay and Glass gallery's John A. Pollock Family Courtyard, and the show will be on between June 1st through September 8th.


The Eye of the Beholder
Joon Hee Kim

June 1 - September 8, 2019
The Clay and Glass Gallery
John A. Pollock Family Courtyard. 

Opening reception: Sunday, July 7, 2pm

Curation Essay for Joon Hee Kim

My Eyes are on You
Dan Laurie Family Courtyard
June 1 - September 23

Curation Essay for Joon Hee Kim
Jonathan Smith, Curator of Collection - Art Gallery of Burlington



Since 1989, a unique feature of the summer exhibition schedule at the Art Gallery of Burlington has been the large scale ceramic installation in the Dan Laurie Family Courtyard. This exhibition is extended to a mid to late career artist as an opportunity, and as a challenge to create a themed program of work in a generous space, working with the existing elements to produce a unified work that reflects both the artist’s interest and the space. This year we are very happy to introduce Joon Hee Kim, a recent graduate of Sheridan College and one of the youngest artists to explore this space.


Born in Seoul Korea, Joon Hee Kim brings both the appreciation of her national ceramic history and a grasp of the historical nature of Western garden traditions to her installation. When looking at her installation ‘My Eyes are on You’, two contrasting ideas present themselves – one the symmetry of 18th century formal French court gardens and then the unnerving group of large ceramic heads. But the clash of these two elements is not as random as it might seem at first. The heads echo the famous Park of the Monsters in Bomarzo Italy. This mysterious garden was the produce of Duke Pier Francesco ‘Vicino’ Orsini, the Duke of Bronzino, who in the mid- 1550’s set out to create a pleasure garden in a style known as Mannerism, that strayed from the formal restraints of the time. The Mannerist style was later replaced with the formal classical style of the gardens of Versailles, which were eventually then replaced by the naturalism of the English landscape gardens of Capability Brown.

Joon has zeroed in on a little noticed design factor of the Dan Laurie Courtyard, where the once formal planting of the garden, tight rows of shrubs and large beds of singular plantings have started to give way to a more natural assortment of shrubberies. This like the park of the Monsters is a transition point between two styles, such as from the Renaissance to the Baroque or from the Classical to the Romantic. She has taken this idea of transition and applied it to her exhibition. Two pairs of urns, matched and on pedestals are very much in the style of a formal garden, symmetrical and covered with a profusion of decorative scroll work (the one set is covered with small clay rosettes that had their origins in the Baroque garden grottos decorated with floral forms constructed from sea shells). These two sets are both glazed with veils of transparent, flowing, washes that mimic the patina of moss and lichen that cover ancient stonework. In contrast the large heads have a much crisper look, as if to indicate that they are newer. While the urns on pedestals are in keeping with the overall scale of the courtyard the heads are oversized so that they dominate the space. It is their scale that connects these pieces to the Park of the Monsters.

Transition points, where change is happening, are often a source of discomfort, not being rooted in the past and not sure of the future. But they are just as lucky to lead to greater things. If one examines the large heads carefully, while there is a resemblance to Buddhist sculpture, these faces have a feminine cast. The longer one looks at them the less threatening they seem. This gives them a look of reassurance so that the future that at first looked intimidating now looks brighter.

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This summer, I'll be holding my first solo exhibition. 
This exhibition is expected to showcase my most recent work, including the work from the Shigaraki Residency.

Please come with your friends and family and enjoy the summer breeze at the Burlington Art Centre's courtyard, where the summer exhibition will be held.



Joon Hee Kim

May 26 - Sep 9, 2018
Dan Lawrie Family Courtyard
Art Gallery of Burlington

Opening reception: 
Friday June 1, 2018, 6-9 pm


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Craft Ontario '17 Juried Member Exhibition


MARCH 23 – JUNE 3, 2017
Craft Ontario Gallery
1106 Queen Street W., Toronto

Opening Reception, Thursday, March 23, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Please join us to celebrate the work of twenty accomplished Craft Professional members in the Craft Ontario ’17 biennial juried exhibition.

Craft Ontario ’17 surveys the work of members across the province, and presents the very best of contemporary craft. Since 1975 Craft Ontario has supported the development of contemporary craft through juried exhibitions of member work, and during this year’s Opening Reception, the recipients of the following awards will be announced: Award of Excellence, $750; Best in Show, $500; and Honourable Mention, $250. The exhibition includes a diverse collection of work that ranges from delicate ceramic sculpture to mid-century inspiredfurniture. Jewellery pieces feature designs in Washi paper and Mylar, glass is incorporated into narrative installations, and fibre is explored through textured wall hangings and figurative sculpture. Juried by Gordon Thompson (Sheridan College Craft & Design Program) and Chung-Im Kim (OCAD University Material Art & Design Program).

Craft Ontario ’17 features the work of:





















Made in Arts London

I am honoured to be the new addition to the 40 Artists of 2016-2017 Made in Arts London. Made in Arts London (MiAL) is a not for profit enterprise, originally founded by students and nested within the Students Union of UAL. Their aim is to support current UAL students and recent graduates through promoting and selling their work, providing professional development sessions and opportunities for networking at industry level. Please remember to check out my work and profile when you visit Made in Arts London online.


    Joon Hee Kim MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts 2016   


Joon Hee Kim
MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts 2016


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