Kim Joon – Tattoo And Taboo

“Tattoo and Taboo” is a solo exhibition of large scale photographs from Kim Joon currently on display at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Beverly Hills.

Kim Joon - Fragile-Dragon - 2010
Kim Joon, Fragile-Dragon, digital print, 2010.

Kim Joon gained a passion for tattoos while inking the skin of his fellow soldiers years ago in the Korean army. The practice was and still remains an anathema in the eyes of his fellow countrymen.

Kim Joon - Fragile-Mermaid - 2010
Kim Joon, Fragile-Mermaid, digital print, 2010.

In the face of social convention, Joon saw an art form that allowed individuals to communicate something from within and literally wear their passions on their sleeve. With the aid of a three dimensional computer graphics program he constructs his intense compositions. Parts of bodies are intermingled with pattern derived from a combination of traditional design and contemporary commerce. Enticing shifts in scale are common in these fantastic yet familiar photographic realizations. Like many artists before him Kim Joon’s affection has risen from a place that had been kept from him.

Kim Joon - Cradle Song-Ferragamo - 2009
Kim Joon, Cradle Song-Ferragamo, digital print, 2009.

Kim Joon
Tattoo and Taboo
8 April – 8 May 2010
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Beverly Hills

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