Biggin Gallery


The Imaginative World of Yeon Jin Kim

September 8 - October 24, 2014

The Department of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University is pleased to announce The Imaginative World of Yeon Jin Kim, an exhibition of video works shown together with the sculptural sets and drawings the artist uses in their production. The show opens in Biggin Gallery on September 8, 2014, and runs through October 24. Yeon Jin Kim will present an artist lecture on Monday, September 8 at 5 p.m. in Biggin 005, and a public reception will follow. She will also be working with students on a new video piece, Life Among the Animals, in a workshop at Fieldwork Projects September 9 - 13.

Yeon Jin Kim’s artwork combines technological and handmade approaches, drawing upon such diverse influences as sci-fi films, ancient Asian scrolls, and her own dreams. Using everyday materials such as cardboard, fishing line, and the B&H catalog, she constructs intricate sets full of puppet-like moving parts, which she then films in action to create a narrative. As Joel Carreiro states: “Kim’s allegiance to the low-tech and handmade asks of the audience an active suspension of disbelief as the artificial, obviously constructed aspect of the work encourages an engaged viewer to participate in the imaginative proceedings…(Viewers) are drawn into an exotic, dream-like world that is fully formed and functioning on an unfamiliar set of dynamics that seem to transcend reality with an invented logic.”

Yeon Jin Kim received her BFA from Seoul National University in 2002 and her MFA from Hunter College in 2008. She has shown widely both nationally and internationally, and recent exhibits include Eclectic Visionaries at Gana Art Gallery (NYC); Spaceship Grocery Store at Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton, NJ); and Collage Logic at the Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh, NY. Her work has screened at the Reel Venus Film Festival (Anthology Film Archive, NYC), and The Third Video Festival (Cairo, Egypt), and she has been an artist in residence at Yaddo (Sarasota Springs, NY), Sculpture Space (NYC), Henry Street Settlement (NYC) and Columbus State University (Columbus, GA). 




Our Mission

Our mission is to present a stimulating, innovative program of exhibitions, lectures and special events that: develop understanding of artist expression in all its diversity; encourage cultural and intellectual awareness within the academic and civic communities; and, complement the Department of Art and Art History curriculum while contributing to the broader goals of the College of Liberal Arts and Auburn University.

Last Updated: September 23, 2014