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Biography: Namdoo Kim

Namdoo Kim
Namdoo Kim

Originally from South Korea, Namdoo Kim currently is a resident artist at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, N.Y. Kim earned a BFA in glass and ceramic at Hong-ik University in Seoul, South Korea, before earning his MFA in glass at RIT in 2013.

A contemporary artist with a focus in “critical-pop art,” Kim uses a sense of sarcasm and pop-style resources to reveal political problems in Korea—specifically the aspects of contemporary Korean society on the relationship between children and parents.

Through his work, Kim explores the loss of humanity and individuality today’s capitalist society, using children as an analog for toys, which represent the purity and innocence of childhood. His work examines the notion that “children in Korea today are like mass-produced toys, which are meant to be exactly alike, lacking individuality and quality of character, a whole society of people who are easily replaceable and hold little value as individuals,” he says.

During his November 2016 residency at The Studio, he explored a theme he calls “Existence in Emptiness,” using mold-blowing techniques to make empty space for revealing “emptiness” and creating casted objects to represent “existence.”