Riyoo Kim “Awes for the Cosmic”

SNOW Contemporary is pleased to announce Riyoo Kim’s solo exhibition “Awes for the Cosmic.” from November 15th to December 1st. Born under a Japanese father and a Korean mother in Osaka in 1980, he completed his MA at Osaka University of Arts Graduate School in Fine Art, and now is one of the young leading ceramic artists representing Japan. The geometric-pattern ditches filling all over the surfaces, the glossy shining metallic black and oxidized silver glaze, and the piecing sharp “one-eye.” Kim’s unique approaches beyond existing ceramics have been highly esteemed from not only people among the ceramics field but also from the contemporary art field, through his numerous solo exhibitions as well as group exhibition appearances, including the “Yokohama Triennale 2011” and “ARTs of JOMON” (hrgrp NY) which he curated himself.
Kim who studied ceramics for some long period back from his years in university, says he was strongly attracted by the vital spirit of Jomon earthenware, and also heavily influenced by the street culture of his age including hip-hop, graffiti, tattoos, rappers, human beat boxers, DJs, SF movies and others. He especially recalls nightclub scenes he’d go every night were as “a worship space where I could wash away my daily-life oppression, and performers were alike mikos (oracles) unveiling their special artistry.” His earthenware almost like living creatures with its unique ancient indignity, together with its industrial and neo-futuristic metallic impressions all combined together into one piece of art, arise from such true experiences of the artist and approaches the viewers with strong persuasiveness.

The exhibition title “Awes for the Cosmic” derives from “Cosmic Horror” – an ideal philosophy suggested by American author Howard Phillips Lovecraft within science fiction novels. Kim was inspired by the anxiousness and conflict anyone would carry when he/she’d confront an existence or circumstance far beyond a capacity which one human kind could carry - the “Cosmic Horror,” and plans to develop and exhibit series of artworks driven by visualizing such philosophy. What exactly would Kim Riyoo’s perspective of this world be within such age where numerous people carry undefined anxiousness and confliction within themselves. And what exactly would “contemporary” expressed through ceramics, one of the traditional genres within art become. If you could experience the narrativity, creativity, and exquisite vitality through the works of Kim Riyoo, it would be a great pleasure.


session:2013/11/15 日(Fri) – 12/1(Sun) 12:00–20:00 *closed on Monday
opening reception:11/15(Fri) 18:00 - 20:00
venue:SNOW Contemporary (XYZ collective) / 2-30-20 1F Tsurumaki Setagaya Tokyo

photo : Yusuke Tsuchida


Born in Osaka, Japan in 1980, Having Japanese father and Korea mother.
2004 Graduated from Osaka University of Arts Crafts department Ceramic Art course
2006 Complete Osaka University of Arts Graduate School MA Fine Arts
       Researcher of Osaka University of Arts Graduate School
2007 Assistant T.A. of Osaka University of Arts Graduate School

2012 "okite-yaburi", SHUHALLY, Kanagawa / Japan
2011 "Riyoo Kim / SHUHALLY Japanese tea ceremony", SHUHALLY, Kanagawa / Japan
       "Art of abstraction", neutron tokyo, Tokyo / Japan
2010 "Ceramics as new exoticism", INAX galeria celamica, Tokyo / Japan
       "Versatile", neutron tokyo, Tokyo / Japan
       "KIRIN-YU", neutron, Kyoto / Japan
2009 "Critical point", neutron tokyo, Tokyo / Japan
       "All visible things / generation", gallery TAO, Tokyo / Japan 2008 "R.I.P", neutron, Kyoto / Japan

2013 "ARTs of JOMON", hpgrp NY, U.S.
2012 "Beautiful things- the charming miniature", JR OSAKA MITSUKOSHI ISETAN, Osaka / Japan
2011 “IKE-YOUNG☆”,neutron tokyo, Tomio Koyama Gallery(Kyoto), etc / Japan
       "YOKOHAMA triennale 2011", Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa / Japan
2010 “BASARA exhibition”, SPIRAL HALL, Tokyo / Japan
       "Art Gwangju 2010", Kim Daejung Convention Center, Korea
       "Trial "CHAJI" / Big Tea Party in Kitanomaru", The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan "Shibuya Style", Seibu Department Shibuya, Tokyo / Japan
2009 “Hyougete, Kulasuka”, HOTEL CLASKA, Tokyo / Japan “Koube viennale 2009” Koube meriken park, Hyogo/Japan
2007 "Toyota Art Competition '07", Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi / Japan
2005 "International Ceramics Festival Mino 2005", Ceramics Park MINO, Gifu / Japan
       "CONTACT4", The Museum of Modern Art Shiga, Shiga / Japan
2004 "Order and Disorder", Hira Museum, Shiga / Japan
       "the 5th International Mashiko Ceramics Competition", Mashiko Museum of Ceramic, Japan