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9.Appassionata1(27x28) 2013
Addiction271(24x48) - Copy
BongJung Kim

1962 Born in Seoul Korea
Lives and Works in NY as an Artist Since 1990


1990 B.F.A Seoul National University


2017 "Temptations", Paris Koh Fine Arts, Chelsea, New York

2016 “Cyber-Addiction” President’s Gallery in John Jay College, New York

2015 “Museum of Contemporary Art, Crete, Greece

           “Cyprus House(Ambassador) in Athens, Greece

2014 “Addiction” Elga Wimmer-Hyun Contemporary, Chelsea, New York

           “Traces” Riverside Gallery, New Jersey

2012 “Oblivion” Gallery Oms, New Jersey

           “Traces” Gallery 1&9, New Jersey

2011 “Time of Red and Traces” Riverside Gallery, New Jersey





2016 “Art Hamptons” S. Hampton, New York

2015 “Black Power” Gallery d’Arte, , Chelsea, New York

2014 “Elements III”, Dream Rose Gallery, Monroe, New York

           “8 Holes” Flushing Town Hall” New York

           “Shades of time” Queens Museum of Art, New York

           “Heart of Gold” Nabi Museum of Art, New Jersey

           “Verge Art NYC”, Soho, New York

           “Shades of time” Gallery Korea in Korean Cultural Service, New York

2013 “Happy Together” Elga Wimmer PCC, Chelsea, New York

           “Introspection” Tenri Gallery in Tenri Cultural Institute, New York

           “Walk” Flushing Town Hall New York

           “Variations on the Canon” COOHAUS ART, Chelsea, New York

           “Element” COOHAUS ART, Chelsea, New York

           “Asia Contemporary Art Show” Hong Kong

2012 “White Market” Gallery Oms, New Jersey

           “Loud Imagery, Quiet Words 2012” Gallery1&9, New Jersey

           “Korean Art Show 2012” New York

2002 “Pulse” Gallery Korea in Korean Cultural Service, New York

1998 “The day and night transparent” Asian Arts American center” New York

1990 “The 1990 Exhibition” Seoul, Korea


Artist Statement

My works depict the inner workings of my mind; one that has been sexually oppressed in order to conform to my cultural Confucianism background. As a result, I have found myself mimicking the role of an ethically correct Korean-American stereotype. Those two opposite tendencies; inner desire vs. outward appearance, are evinced in my often representing masks as a theme. My environment (home, community, workplace, church) is hidden in my soul to hide a stronger desire, the layers accumulating in my inner sense to produce a fear of losing control. One of my obsessions, the cyber-world, keeps me bound to it yet doesn’t satisfy me in a meaningful way. There always lurks the danger of losing much more as my mind becomes isolated and I lose touch with the outside world. With the Internet our lives become separate. Our families, friends, and neighbors all have been cut off by the barriers we build with our so-called convenient electronic devices, especially the walls we build around our hearts. We can laugh or smile at things we see online but it is impossible to bring true joy through an electronic device. Every year, and with each ensuing series of work I create you will see and feel more and more of this isolation. So, what can move my heart? To resolve this, I continue to dissect electronic products, disassembling them, pulling them apart and spreading the complicated parts out on my studio table, then finally revealing them on canvas to show their true self. Currently, the symbol of the poppy flower covers my canvases. As I watched my process unfold, I was actually thinking about the look of these modern-day monsters as the ultimate symbol of addiction.

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