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June Kim

A solo show co-organized with Arthemort at the Grand Palais Ephémère on the occasion of NFT Paris 2024.

June Kim is a Korean artist who has been working for more than 10 years on the contemporary rehabilitation of an ancient Asian belief:

“An invisible red thread connects all those who are destined to one day meet…”

With June Kim, the common thread takes the form of sculpture, installations, images or videos which visually represent invisible human relationships, materialized by the connections of our social networks.

Destiny becomes Algorithm. A reflection that we felt was necessary to put on the table as artificial intelligence tools invade our daily lives.

Our prints

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June Kim, IMUGI, Dragon (2024), Awaken from 1000 years Hibernation, 2024.

Print on Hahnemühle William Turner 310g paper, 90x50 CMS, unique edition.

Available from 3,000 euros.

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June Kim, Digital Season, Merging Redthread Landscape, 2024.

Printing on Hahnemühle William Turner 310g paper, 90x50 CMS, 3 editions.

Available from 1,000 euros.

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June Kim, Arctic, Merging Redthread Landscape, 2024.

Printed on Hahnemühle William Turner 310g paper, 90x50 CMS, 50 editions.

Available from 300 euros.

Digital art

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June Kim, Vision of Redthread in 4 Seasons: [Winter] Sun, 2024.

JPEG, sold in NFT format on the Foundation platform, single edition.

Available from 1.2ETH.

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June Kim, Vision of Redthread in 4 Seasons: [Winter] Tie, 2024.

JPEG, sold in NFT format on the Foundation platform, 5 editions.

Available from 0.3ETH.

June Kim, IMUGI (Dragon), 2024.

3D animation, marketed in NFT format on the Foundation platform, 1 edition.

Available from 2ETH.

June Kim, Vision of Redthread in 4 Seasons: [Winter] Tie, 2024.

JPEG, sold in NFT format on the Foundation platform, 5 editions.

Available from 0.3ETH.

Sculpture

June Kim, Knots, Time Landscape, 2023.

Flexiglass, red wire and wooden base, 14W” x 17H“ x 25L”, unique edition.

Available from 25,000 euros.

Our exhibition

NFT Paris 2024 - Grand Palais Ephémère

June KIM

June Kim was born and raised in South Korea and the United States. She works in Los Angeles after earning a BFA at Art Center College of Design. She builds her sculptures and installations by making red thread on plexiglass structures, using her social media data. Its materials and hand-stitching process are inspired by the concept of the red thread, from an ancient Asian belief that we are all destined to meet our loved ones through invisible red thread connections.

Her work was placed among the finalists in the SeeMe Global Competition and was awarded by the Scope Art Show at Art Basel 2012. She won second prize at the California Open Exhibition 2013 at Tag Gallery, whose jury consisted of a renowned art critic, Edward Goldman. Kim has participated in numerous art exhibitions in California, including the Main Museum, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, BG Gallery, H Gallery, and the Irvine Fine Arts Center. In 2017, she was selected for the Seismic Shift exhibition at Launch LA, juried by MaKenzie Stevens, a curatorial assistant at the Hammer Museum. His installation, Intersection, also won a solo exhibition in 2017 at Gallery 825. In 2018, his work was chosen for the exhibition Cardinal Plans, at Gallery Korea at the Korean Cultural Center in New York, as a young artist Korean-American, with the jury of Ian Alteveer, associate curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

June Kim has participated in numerous international art exhibitions, including Gallery Space776 in New York, Gallery 508 in London, Stratosphere NFT in Beijing, Maison des Associés in Toulouse, Iham NFT in Paris and at Gallery XR in Seoul. Kim has presented his work at international art fairs and conferences such as Los Angeles Art Show 2019, 2021 and 2022, Bitcoin 2021, NFT NYC 2021, BWB 2022, Art Basel in Miami 2022, NFT Paris 2024.

His works and interviews have been published in various online and offline art magazines. Resources such as Behance, Art Observed, Jaxtapoz, Art Slant, Art Rabbit, NY Art Beat, Gallery Korea KCCNY, and Voyage LA. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Art Association for 6 years. She currently works in Los Angeles. She works remotely in New York and Seoul.

The artist

 Tinder Generation 

Have you ever met someone who changed your life? Love at first sight perhaps. A sister or a member of your family with whom you have a close relationship. A love story that was built over the days: this boy or this girl who was part of your entourage and one day, you don't really know why, but you started to look at them differently. Or maybe it was a teacher who gave you confidence, a stranger who smiled at you on the subway as you wiped away your tears, a friendship so strong that you feel incomplete when he or she doesn't isn't there... You see what relationships I'm talking about. Now let me ask you a second question: Who put these people in your path?

June K (aka June Kim IRL) is an artist who creates phygital installations by making red thread, using her social media data. The artist was born and raised in South Korea and the United States. She studied illustration, with a focus on motion graphic design, at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She currently works in the Los Angeles and New York area. His artistic work is a contemporary reflection around an ancient Asian belief: “We are destined to meet through invisible red thread connections.” The two people linked by the red thread are lovers destined to be together, regardless of place, time or circumstances. A kind of soul mate. The thread can also connect a person and their mother, their father, their brother, a friend, so that they discover and love each other.

So I ask you this question: who put these people in your path? June K provides a realistic and contemporary answer to this question which has agitated myths and philosophy for millennia. Ultimately, algorithms are perhaps the contemporary incarnation of what we call “Destiny.” Beyond bringing us together, legend has it that this red thread can get tangled, but will never break. Our encounters are destined to continue to haunt our feeds eternally. There will always be that Facebook notification that reminds you of your ex's birthday. This photo on Instagram of this girl with whom you were inseparable throughout your adolescence who announces that she has just had a baby. Would we be condemned by algorithms to not being able to get rid of the past? I prefer to see it in a more poetic way. Ultimately, these algorithms, these common threads, are perhaps a way to continue to watch over these people we once loved in a silent way, without interfering in their new lives. Thanks to the red threads. Thanks to the algorithms.

By Annelise Stern, December 2022

IMUGI, Dragon

Exceptional print on paper by the artist June Kim

IMUGI, Dragon (2024), Awaken from 1000 years Hibernation, 2024

Printed on Hahnemühle William Turner 310g paper

Format 90x50 CMS

Unique edition signed and numbered

Available from 3,000 euros.

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IMUGI is an imaginary creature between a snake and a dragon in Korean mythology. IMUGI waits 1000 years in the lake to become a dragon. 2024 is the year of the green (or blue) woodland dragon in the Chinese zodiac. I wanted to create this piece for the New Year. It contains wishes to become a dragon this year, a metaphor for the end goal you have been manifesting for a long time.

The visual design is inspired by IMUGI's transformation story. He is about to wake up after 1000 years of hibernation to fly as a dragon this year. It is also inspired by the story of the legendary sculptor Pygmalion, who saw ideal beauty in unpolished stone. All gemstones have the potential to become masterpieces if we see an IMUGI dragon that is a work in progress state. The IMUGI contains a warm red light which is linked to his inner vision of the dragon. The pop of color is inspired by the legend of the red thread that connects everyone we are destined to meet in life. 2024 is the year your beautiful vision comes to life.

Digital Season

Exceptional print on paper by the artist June Kim

Digital Season, Merging Redthread Landscape

Printed on Hahnemühle William Turner 310g paper

Format 90x50 CMS

3 signed and numbered editions

Available from 1,000 euros.

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"Digital Season, Merging Redthread Landscape" is a still image from the animation "Press Any Key To Unlock".

"Press Any Key To Unlock" is part of the Screen Saver exhibition, inspired by an online battle by Jerry stating that Refik's work in late 2023 is just simple "Screen Saver" art, thus ignoring a historic achievement where digital art is permanently collected by MOMA. I participate in this historical movement of invasion of digital art by mixing the symbol of the connection of the red thread, which blends into the typical landscape of the screen saver.

This is also a reflection of reality where the red thread has been made like a digital mountain and connected to the digital age. In this piece, Redthread addresses the connections between human and digital nature in life, crafted by AI vision and animation. Press any key to unlock the kingdom of the coming new era.

Arctic

Exceptional print on paper by the artist June Kim

Arctic, Merging Redthread Landscape, 2024,

Printed on Hahnemühle William Turner 310g paper

Format 90x50 CMS

50 signed and numbered editions

Available from 300 euros.

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Knots, Time Landscape

Exceptional sculpture by artist June Kim

Knots, Time Landscape, 2023

Size 14W” x 17H” x 25L”

Flexiglass, red wire and wooden base
Single edition

Available from 25000 euros.

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My Red Thread sculptures and installations are a visual representation of invisible human relationships and connections in social media. I am inspired by the ancient Asian belief that an invisible red thread connects all those who are destined to meet. I visualize this invisible connection of human relationships in three-dimensional architectural sculptures. I use red thread to construct an abstract shape to create an imaginary world representing a surreal human network structure. I sew and tie knots in mystical red thread and place them in a conceptual, laminated, transparent plexiglass box, made of acrylic sheets and perforated with digitally drawn dots to signify the invisible stages of human relationships.

 

My design intent and material choices contain controversial juxtapositions drawn from the Yin and Yang philosophy of my Asian heritage. The invisible human network found in my work is composed of contrasting aspects - strong, artificial plexiglass versus soft, natural wire; digital drawing and laser cutting versus old-fashioned needlework; contemporary medium versus traditional medium; mathematically directed digital process versus spontaneous and instinctive process of sewing.

The actual numbers of points drawn digitally are based on existing, ongoing data from my current number of Facebook friends. These numbers are translated into meticulously laser-etched dots on Plexiglas to form a digital diagram. These diagrams sketch the basic shape of an imagined abstract social circle and constructed social network relationships, much like constructing a traditional family tree or a contemporary infographic social network. I connect the dots by hand-sewing pieces of red thread to suggest the connecting threads between the “friends” in my social media network. The interaction of different friend numbers and the size of the plexiglass shapes correspond to the diversity of human interaction in many social circles during the multiple stages of our lives.

My sculptures and installations have taken various forms due to the organic nature of human relationships in social media. The final abstract form becomes the outer, physical reality of the invisible network housed in my inner artistic vision. The Red Thread sculptures and installations are a lifelong project that I will continue to develop in order to innovate my initial vision and open up the possibility of evolving these works into large-scale visualizations of the relationships built in human social networks .

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