Jae Yong Kim
Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum announces the opening of Jae Yong Kim’s Donuts Installation

The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University will present the exhibition Can't Stop Thinking About…Donuts, an installation by Jae Yong Kim. The exhibition will be on view Friday, Jan. 29 through Saturday, May 21.

The Museum will host a reception to meet the artist and celebrate the exhibition’s opening Friday, Jan. 29 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

"While Jae was studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, he became well acquainted with Marshall Fredericks's The Thinker that stands at the apex of the Cranbrook Art Museum and Library,” said Museum Director Marilyn Wheaton. “Jae told me he is excited to be exhibiting his work at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum because of that association, and we are honored to be showing his work.”

Born in South Korea, Jae Yong Kim spent much of his childhood living in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia before returning to South Korea as he finished high school. In 1994, he moved to the United States to pursue university studies. These early experiences with moving abroad are explored throughout his work as an artist.

Kim’s work is rooted in his desire to understand and find his identity and the meaning of ‘Home.’ He explores these issues through the use of surrogate subjects in his work, such as snails and donuts. He is recognized and noticed for his quirky, eclectic, and humorous renditions of these subjects, and for his ability to create a relatable language for the viewer in order to deal with human issues such as cruelty, pain, anguish, joy, love, and friendship.

This exhibition, titled Can't Stop Thinking About..., features his ceramic donuts from his Lusting after Donuts project including the series Blah, Blah, Blah and Donut Fields.

The Donut Series came about after he sought to open a donut restaurant and lost all his money doing so. (note to press – see background info following the release) Kim thought he could make money with something he loved – donuts – but it was not making them as edible items as he expected, but rather by remaining true to his desire to be an artist and making them as ceramic works. In doing so he succeeded.

Kim received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, and his Master of Fine Arts in ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor in the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

This exhibition is made possible with the cooperation and support of the KATESHIN Gallery, New York City and the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, with additional support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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