• Jongku Kim, The Ball, 2011, Installation View, ONE AND J 194
  • Kim Jongku, The Ball, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

    Kim Jongku, The Ball, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

  • Jongku Kim, The Ball, 2011, Installation View, ONE AND J 152
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  • Kim Jongku, The Ball, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

    Kim Jongku, The Ball, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

  • Kim Jongku, The Ball, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

    Kim Jongku, The Ball, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

  • Kim Jongku, The Ball, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

    Kim Jongku, The Ball, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

  • Jongku Kim, The Ball, 2011, Installation View, ONE AND J 119
  • Kim Jongku, The Ball, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

    Kim Jongku, The Ball, Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

“The Ball” is a series of intensive labor that involves grinding massive lump of metal into powder and using it as a medium in calligraphy.
During the process, the metal undergoes physical changes as well as changes in meaning.
In his works, the metal is the emblem of material civilization – From skyscrapers to massive weapons, the metal represents insatiable human desires and annihilation.
The artist reduces aggressive quality in metal by grinding the metal into loose powder. The metal has now become delicate, free in form. Moreover, the artist gets rid of the very corporeality of the metal powder by using the metal powder as the medium in calligraphy. He incorporates the metal powder as a work of art, the de-materialization of metal now complete.
The artist calls it the landscape, derives his own conclusion – a question of human nature.
The running-down and the oxidation of metal in the calligraphy or the landscape are a burst of new breath.
Especially in this show, the artist collected the metal powder that has been used during his project and processed the powder to an aggregated ball. The aggregation portrays the original state of the metal, so to express the metal as massive and aggressive.

The artist Kim Jongku’s works with sculpture, video, painting and photography. He utilizes steel powder, created by the grinding of steel rods, to write calligraphy on the floor. This calligraphy is captured from a horizontal viewpoint by a CC camera affixed to the floor. The image of this horizontal view is projected onto the wall resulting in an image of infinite landscape. His works attempt to bring the vertical systems of our modern and materialistic culture back to a horizontal stasis.
He is currently working and living in Seoul, Korea.