JKODNY Sponsors A New Art Exhibit in Brooklyn: Fertile Ground

Jason is proud to announce his sponsorship of another exhibit in collaboration with the AHL Foundation

Fertile Ground

- May 4, 2017 – May 28, 2017

- Location: Ray Gallery, 55 Washington St #721, Brooklyn, NY 11201

- Hours: Mon, Tues 12-6PM, Sat 12-3PM, and By appointment

- Curators: Eun Young Choi & Inkook Choi

- Artists: Tai Hwa Goh & Yeon Ji Yoo

- Additional events: Dumbo Open Studio (May 13 & 14)

Learn more at: http://www.ahlfoundation.org/fertile-ground/ 


The AHL Foundation and Ray Gallery are pleased to present Fertile Ground, a co-curated exhibition by Eun Young Choi and Inkook Choi.

Fertile Ground will showcase the works of two Korean-American artists, Tai Hwa Goh and Yeon Ji Yoo, who address re-imagined memories and the cycle of life through powerful and compelling site-specific installations. Goh and Yoo have very distinctive approaches of expression; yet collectively touch upon subject matters of memories, accumulations, and sense of loss. The multi-layered material buildup used in the installations reflect growth and abundance as well as the cyclical displacement of life which once again become nourishment for regrowth.

Tai Hwa Goh creates a delicately layered installation from printed and cut paper. Her imagery evokes biological forms and landscape, reflecting on the accumulation of memory and experience, and the interior and exterior worlds of the human body. She constructs tubes, pipes, and balls brimming with fluid-like stands of paper as a metaphor for the cycle of the body, industrial machinery, and natural phenomena, as well as the endless processes of growth and decay.

Yeon Ji Yoo’s wooded landscapes have the presence of dust and dirt signifying the process of aging and decomposition. Yoo’s reimagined landscape comes from the history of her motherland evoking a sense of loss and pain of the post-war condition yet retains a dreamlike quality. Yoo believes smells and textures, sounds and images trigger the recurrence of a memory like the wind that shifts stale air trapped inside a drawer closed for a long time. Like a time portal, the private grove of trees and seeds seem to usher in things that were forgotten long ago.

Born in South Korea, Tai Hwa Goh received her Bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University and her Master’s degree from the University of Maryland. Her work has been shown at various prominent institutions and art events in New York and New Jersey such as International Print Center New York, DUMBO Art Festival, Islip Museum, William Paterson University, AIR Gallery, and Snug Harbor Center for the Art. She recently had an installation show at Sunroom Project Space at Wave Hill and BRIC. Her list of awards includes but are not limited to Lower East Side Print Shop, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, National Endowments for the Arts, Guttenberg Art, Emerge 11 and Vermont Studio Center. She will be the Artist-in-Residence at the Museum of Arts and Design’s Artist Studios Program in the summer.

Yeon Ji Yoo is a Korean American artist based in New York. She holds a BFA in Advancement for the Science and Arts from the Cooper Union and an MFA from Pratt Institute. Her work has been included in a number of exhibitions at institutions such as the Queens Museum, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Highline Gallery, New York; Russian Art Museum, New Jersey; Glyndor Gallery and the Sunroom Project Space at Wave Hill; New York; and Samek Art Museum; Pennsylvania. In recognition of excellence, she was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2011. She has also been working as a public school teacher for the NYC DOE, portfolio instructor for the Queens Council on the Arts and a drawing professor at Queens College.

This exhibition is organized by the AHL Foundation with the generous support from the New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Jason J. Kim Oral Design, KISS Products and numerous other donors.

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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