New Art In The Workplace: Jena H. Kim: Fictional Space



Yet another wonderful installment of Art In The Workplace at our Jason J Kim Oral Design NY office!

I invite anyone to come by Feb.20th - Sept 15th to see :

Jena H. Kim: Fictional Space

Please see below an announcement from the AHL Foundation and check our instagram handle @JasonKimSmileArtist for fun instastories showing off the beautiful pieces! And learn more about Jena H. Kim on her website HERE.

AHL Foundation is pleased to announce Fictional Space, a commissioned solo exhibition featuring works by Jena H. Kim from February 20th to September 15th, 2017 at Jason J. Kim Oral Design Manhattan office (418 E 71st St #5, New York, NY 10021).  Jena H. Kim: Fictional Space will present a series of abstract paintings on wood panel that seemingly unfold and fluctuate between fictional dimensions on a limited flat surface to blur the line between real and imaginative space.

Fictional Space is composed of artworks that present unique interpretations of how space can be recognized. By capturing a certain area in a frame such as windows, entrances, arches, or wood panels, the moment is captured and viewer's attention is suddenly focused on the arrested subject.

The physical space of the wood panel is limited and defined, but the world that the artist is unfolding within it is rather fluent and unstable. In other words, the abstract composition of bold lines and forms suggests an imaginative dimension inherent in the fixed solid area.

According to Kim, her works that subvert the “concrete” space for a more fluid one is an attempt to blur the line between the real and fictional world.

Born in Busan, Korea, Jena H. Kim received her BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art and Science and her MFA from Yale School Art. Jena Kim’s works has been widely exhibited in the United States and Korea including the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York; The Queens Museum of Art, Queens; Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea; Paik Hae Young Gallery, Seoul, Korea; Tenri Gallery, New York; Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York; and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; Gallery HO, New York and Next Door Gallery in Seoul, Korea. She is also a recipient of the 8th Korean Arts Foundation of America award and was accepted to various residency programs such as Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program in 2007, Santa Fe Art Institute in 2013 and MMCA Changdong International Artist Residency Program in 2014. 

This exhibition is presented as part of AHL Foundation’s Art in the Workplace Program, which exhibits contemporary artwork in the work environment to create greater exposure for talented artists while fostering easier access and support for the arts within the business community. The Art in the Workplace program is presented in collaboration with Jason J. Kim Oral Design Center with the public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support has been provided by Kiss Products and Bank of Hope.


2016 The 13th Contemporary Visual Art Awards

Multiple Exposure by Yaloo, Kira Nam Greene, Soi Park

(2016 AHL Visual Art Awardees)

So excited to sponsor this amazing exhibit!

Read more HERE and HERE

* Date: October 20, 2016 – November 2, 2016

* Location: ART MORA Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001

The AHL Foundation is pleased to present Multiple Exposure, a group exhibition of works by AHL’s 2016 Visual Art Awardees. The three award winners Yaloo (Ji Yeon Lim), Kira Nam Greene and Soi Park were selected by Alise Tifentale, Art historian and Co-curator of the Latvia Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, Sharon Matt-Atkins, Vice Director of Exhibitions and Collections Management at the Brooklyn Museum, and Sara Reisman, Artistic Director at The Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation.

From digital video to painting to photography, the three artists employ vastly different media and process of working. However, they all share a common theme that touches upon desire, accumulation, and transformation in exploring various cultural nuances.  Whether capturing a slice of contemporary life through the lens of media saturated Pop culture or the delicate balancing act of immigrants trying to reconcile who they are at the intersection of contrasting cultural and sociopolitical economies, the works in Multiple Exposure present intriguing accumulation of multifaceted interpretations and perspectives. 

Yaloo (Ji Yeon Lim) explores how images of prosperity and desire are marketed, advertised, and commodified in the age of globalization and excess. She creates spectacular visual orgies from digital fragments that are collaged together. In the New Millennium Workout Routine for example, Yaloo films herself performing a series of government designed standardized exercises clad in red thermal long johns, which was the first mass-produced Westernized garment in modern day South Korea and a symbol of wealth and longevity.

Similarly, Kira Nam Greene’s work explores sensuality, desire and consumption through the juxtaposition of lush still life of food with abstract geometric elements and decorative motifs from both Eastern and Western cultures. Greene employs multiple layers of diverse media such as oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor and colored pencil to create bold colorful surfaces filled with complex web of Pop Art tropes, subversive advertising, feminine sexuality, transcultural patterns and design traditions, as well as disparate cultural and sociopolitical realities.

Soi Park works with large-format photography exploring cultural nuances and human migration. Her most recent seriesYoung Jeong Sajin (The Funeral Portrait) captures the portraits of the elderly within several Korean-American communities. Though the series may look like straightforward portraitures at first glance, they capture a very specific and common cultural practice by the Korean elderly of creating a memorial/funeral portrait of themselves while they are still alive. The simple photograph embodies the sitters’ desires, emotions and accumulation of his/her life stories as they sit in their best dress.


Gold Prize Winner: Ji Yeon Lim (Yaloo)

New Millennium Workoout, 2014

HD Video, 6 minutes


Silver Prize Winner: Kira Nam Greene

Orientalism I, 2015

Oil, flashe and acrylic ink on canvas, 40 x 60 inches  


Wolhee Choe Memorial Award: Soi Park

Richard Kim (LIC, NY), 2015

Digital Pigment Print, 23.5 x 17 inches


About the Artists

Yaloo (Ji Yeon Lim) received both her Master and Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus on digital image making and video installation. She was the first recipient of the Lyn Blumenthal Memorial Fellowship awarded by SAIC’s Video Data Bank and a HATCH resident artist at Chicago Artist Coalition. Yaloo’s work has been part of a number of solo and group exhibitions and screenings in Chicago, New York, Columbus, Seattle, Vancouver (British Columbia), Malmo (Sweden), Frankfurt (Germany), and Seoul (South Korea).

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Kira Nam Greene received her MFA from School of Visual Arts, BFA from San Francisco Art Institute, Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University and BA in International Relations from Seoul National University. Greene has shown her work international at venues such as Accola Griefen Gallery, Jane Lombard Gallery, Kiechel Fine Art, Diego Rivera Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery, Galeria Galou (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Piccolomini Palace (Pienza, Italy), Brown University, Salisbury University, Wave Hill, Bronx Museum of Art, Noyes Museum and Sheldon Museum of Art.

Soi Park earned her B.A in Visual Communication Design from Ewha Womans University then went on to receive her BFA from SUNY Purchase College and completed her MFA in photography from Yale University. Park’s work has been featured in Art Chicago NEXT Art Fair’s New Insight curated by Susanne Ghez, Director The Renaissance Society, Spectra 2010 organized by Silvermine Art Center, CUE Art Foundation, the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, and the14th Dong Gang International Photo Festival (Gangwon, South Korea). Park was also the recipient of the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship and the Engaging Artist Residency Program at More Art.



Opening Reception of Art In The Work Place Featuring Kurt Herrmann

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I just wanted to thank everyone who attended the opening reception of our latest Art In The Workplace exhibit on display now at the Jason J Kim Aesthetics Lab on Long Island. It was a beautiful evening of art and conversation with colleagues and friends. See some pictures from the night below and don't forget to come by to view Kurt Hermann;'s exquisite works. You can learn more about his art at his website HERE.

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Kurt Herrmann: Mountain Talk on Display at Jason J. Kim Dental Aesthetics

The AHL Foundation in partnership with Jason J. Kim Dental Aesthetics is pleased to present a one year exhibition of artworks by Kurt Herrmann. Herrmann’s paintings will be on view at the Jason J. Kim Dental Aesthetics located at 5 Harbor Park Dr., Port Washington, New York from July 18, 2016 through July 16, 2017.  An artist reception will be held on Monday, July 18, 5:00-7:00PM with an Artist Talk starting at 5:30pm.

Kurt Herrmann is a painter from the hills of Appalachia in central Pennsylvania who does both figurative and abstract work but above all is a colorist at heart. Mountain Talk documents the 10 years he has lived in the lush and isolated Sugar Valley.

According to Herrmann, “It’s inhabited by Amish and rednecks, but has pockets of insanely creative wonderful people all enveloped by the mountains on both sides. Nature is king around here… I am constantly influenced by the weather, seasons, landscape and all the living creatures that live in theses hills. It is a place that still possesses quiet and silence.” Sugar Valley has been a fertile place for creation and to carve out life for the artist. The show brings together many of the different series that Herrmann has produced there – divergent and dissimilar, but also inescapably connected to one another and always united by color.

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Herrmann has exhibited nationally and internationally since graduating from Lock Haven University in 1995.   He’s shown at Yard Dog Gallery, Austin TX, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia PA, the Cleveland International Airport, the Omaha Museum of Art, Shoom Gallery in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Baikmin Museum of Bosung Gun, in South Korea.   His solo show at Firecat Projects in Chicago, IL opens on July 29th, 2016.

This exhibition is part of AHL Foundation’s Art in the Workplace Program, which exhibits contemporary artwork in a work environment to create greater exposure for talented artists while fostering easier access and support for the arts within the business community. The Art in the Workplace program is presented in collaboration with Jason J. Kim Dental Aesthetics with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

For further inquiries about the exhibition or our programs, please contact 212-675-1619