Jaeseok Kim
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Jaeseok Kim

I have spent my life pushing away the thought of death; as if it were something remote which could only happen to others. When the COVID-19 pandemic washed over the planet in the first half of 2020, death continued to be an unpleasant, yet distant thought. Until people around me started to die. First Agora Gallery’s Art Director Eleni Cocordas; then my father in Chicago, during my solo exhibition in Seoul. It struck me like lightning on a clear day. Death had caught up with me and I could no longer ignore it.

Countless innocent people die every day, whether from disease or war. These deaths are not only theirs; they are ours as well. In the words of John Donne “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.” In the wake of the pandemic, I have realized that my life and my art needed to be different. My latest series uncovers the ghosts I have pushed to the bottom of my consciousness. I selected photos of moss-covered tombstones taken with my phone, printed them out, pasted them on a canvas, covered them up, brought them back to life, and engraved names on top of them.

I titled two of my paintings after an ancient Latin epigram, memento mori, which means “remember you must die.” They feature names of poets, artists, philosophers and others who died throughout history; Eleni’s name is also present. RIP to the Lives Lost to COVID-19 is dedicated to the lives sacrificed to COVID-19. The image of my frozen tears recalls the refrigerated trucks in front of New York hospitals in March 2020. I had the feeling that everything was frozen and I still do today. I have realized, however, that death is not the end of life. Rather, it transforms into another medium and remains in the universe. It remains in our memories and comes back to life.



Jaeseok Kim - Memento Mori 1 Mixed Media on Canvas, Mixed Media View on a wall Memento Mori 1, 2021
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" x 36"
$3900


Memento Mori 1, 2021
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" x 36"
$3900
Jaeseok Kim - RIP to the Lives Lost to COVID19 Mixed Media on Canvas, Mixed Media View on a wall RIP to the Lives Lost to COVID19, 2021
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" x 36"
$3900


RIP to the Lives Lost to COVID19, 2021
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" x 36"
$3900
Jaeseok Kim - Memento Mori 2 Mixed Media on Canvas, Mixed Media View on a wall Memento Mori 2, 2021
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" x 36"
$3900


Memento Mori 2, 2021
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" x 36"
$3900
Jaeseok Kim - Blossom 19-02 Acrylic on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Blossom 19-02, 2019
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 28.5"
$2450


Blossom 19-02, 2019
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 28.5"
$2450
Jaeseok Kim - Isles 2020-01 Acrylic on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Isles 2020-01, 2020
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 29"
$2400


Isles 2020-01, 2020
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 29"
$2400
Jaeseok Kim - Secret Garden 2 Acrylic on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Secret Garden 2, 2019
Acrylic on Canvas
28.5" x 36"
$2450


Secret Garden 2, 2019
Acrylic on Canvas
28.5" x 36"
$2450
Jaeseok Kim - Isles 19-1 Acrylic & Coffee Grounds on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Isles 19-1, 2019
Acrylic & Coffee Grounds on Canvas
36" x 46"
$3100


Isles 19-1, 2019
Acrylic & Coffee Grounds on Canvas
36" x 46"
$3100
Jaeseok Kim - Isles 19-1 Acrylic on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Isles 19-1, 2019
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 28.5"
$2450


Isles 19-1, 2019
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 28.5"
$2450
Jaeseok Kim - Isles 19-4 Acrylic & Coffee Grounds on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Isles 19-4, 2019
Acrylic & Coffee Grounds on Canvas
31.5" x 46"
$2950


Isles 19-4, 2019
Acrylic & Coffee Grounds on Canvas
31.5" x 46"
$2950
Jaeseok Kim - Isles 2020-02 Acrylic on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Isles 2020-02, 2020
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 29"
$2400


Isles 2020-02, 2020
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 29"
$2400
Jaeseok Kim - Where Are You Going 19-11 Acrylic & Coffee Grounds on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Where Are You Going 19-11, 2019
Acrylic & Coffee Grounds on Canvas
46" x 72.5"
$4500


Where Are You Going 19-11, 2019
Acrylic & Coffee Grounds on Canvas
46" x 72.5"
$4500
Jaeseok Kim - Where Are You Going 18-02 Acrylic on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Where Are You Going 18-02, 2018
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 28.5"
$2450


Where Are You Going 18-02, 2018
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 28.5"
$2450
Jaeseok Kim - Alzheimer's (Vanishing) Acrylic on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Alzheimer's (Vanishing), 2020
Acrylic on Canvas
46" x 32"
$3000


Alzheimer's (Vanishing), 2020
Acrylic on Canvas
46" x 32"
$3000
Jaeseok Kim - Four Seasons Acrylic on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Four Seasons, 2018
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 28.5"
$2450


Four Seasons, 2018
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 28.5"
$2450
Jaeseok Kim - Once Upon a Time In Paris (1) Acrylic on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Once Upon a Time In Paris (1), 2019
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 28.5"
$2450


Once Upon a Time In Paris (1), 2019
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 28.5"
$2450
Jaeseok Kim - Journey 19-2 Acrylic on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Journey 19-2, 2018
Acrylic on Canvas
28.5" x 48"
$2900


Journey 19-2, 2018
Acrylic on Canvas
28.5" x 48"
$2900
Jaeseok Kim - Fashion Show Acrylic on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Fashion Show, 2020
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 46"
$3300


Fashion Show, 2020
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 46"
$3300
Jaeseok Kim - Sway Acrylic on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Sway, 2019
Acrylic on Canvas
28.5" x 36"
$2450


Sway, 2019
Acrylic on Canvas
28.5" x 36"
$2450

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