Art and Design Professor Jiwon Kim was honored for his month-long solo exhibition at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma.
Kim’s exhibition featured the third part of his “Cultural Marriage” series. The exhibition was titled “Everyone Wears Thick Black Glasses.” The work encompassed the “nerd” glasses trend, symbolizing the veil people wear in today’s social media-driven society.
“When I’m making a design, I’m more like a modernist, but when I do fine art, I’m more like an expressionist,” said Kim.
Because of his skills in both graphic design and illustration, SWOSU hosted Kim to teach four workshops.
Kim created approximately 100 illustrations for the show, combining traditional and digital illustration. He considers the opportunity to display his own creative work in a solo exhibition as a great accomplishment.
“It was amazing,” Kim said. “They showed a lot of appreciation.”
Kim, an illustrator and graphic designer, usually creates pieces for clients who already have an idea of what they want.
“Whenever subject matter is given by the client, I try to understand the client’s perspective and needs,” said Kim.
Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea and took an interest in art when he was 5 years old. His mother saw his talent and later placed him in a special academy in Seoul. He later studied sculpture at the University of Suwon in South Korea and graphic design and drawing at Western Illinois University. He received a Master of Fine Arts in graphic design at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Kim has been a professor at ORU since 2011 and makes it a personal goal to create artwork every year. He submits his work for exhibits around the states to expose his work to the public. He desires to become an artist who uses the computer as a tool to express his own creativity.
“I really want to say my own voice,” Kim said.