(Pics) Bibimbop: Unexpected Transformations

(Pics) Bibimbop: Unexpected Transformations

The Bibimbop: Unexpected Transformation exhibition featured twelve Korean artists currently based in the United States, working in various forms such as illustration, industrial design, graphic design, and fashion design.

Joohong Yoo
  • 11 february 2010

Bibimbop is a traditional Korean dish that is appreciated around the world, served in a bowl of various sautéed and seasoned vegetables, mixed with rice, and topped with a distinct spicy sauce. The different flavors of individual ingredients, when complemented with the strong binding taste of the sauce, are transformed into a dish that is greater than the sum of its parts.


The recent Bibimbop: Unexpected Transformation exhibition featured twelve Korean artists currently based in the United States, working in various forms such as illustration, industrial design, graphic design, and fashion design. Living far from one’s cultural roots is the common denominator of these individuals — each work demonstrates the artist’s unique point of view formed through the process of redefining themselves in a new environment.

Curator Dongyun Lee explains the exhibition:

A message from this exhibition is that personal transformations enable the artists to navigate the virtual and physical space more freely and consciously. Mixing these distinctive ingredients of varied artistic views and topping them with an intense process of self-rediscovery resulted in an original exhibition to be held in February called “Bibimbop—Unexpected Transformations.”



You Byun‘s work is a ritual that recollects and records her memories and emotions. She places her characters in lush environments that hopefully spreads joy through the world.


Hyunyoo Cho‘s experiences inspired her to create hand-sculpted illustrations using polymer clay and other materials around her. Through her works, she hopes to share a playful sense of humor.


Yeju Choi‘s work explores relationships between graphic design and viewers in this three-, or four-dimenional world, especially shifting the focus from what we see to how we see things.


Keywon Chung‘s recent projects include a haptic social network, a disposable memory device concept, trasparency-adjustable materials for energy saving, and personal fabrication machines.


Sohin Hwang‘s works involves the relation between the idea of science/technology and human, and she usually designs props and counter-machines that would create performativity with the user.


Jaekyung Jung has been focusing on developing the potential artistic language and form to reveal the relationship between the modern myth and power structure.


E Roon Kang‘s work mainly focuses on analyzing complex systems and showcasing consequential pointlessness of a pursuit of efficiency.


Bosung Kim‘s works involve in hardware and software integration, poetic interaction, kinetics, inventing lighting system, and designing new possible scenario in the bio-tech world.


Sang Hoon Kim‘s the Phenomena Room Divider has been displayed at the Javits Convention Center, New York. He was selected and invited to be a part of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) Studio in May 2009.


Dongyun Lee‘s illustrations has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers and advertising, such as, GQ, Harvard Business Review, the Washington Post, Wired, Utne Reader, The progressive, Time out, and etc.


Min Lee‘s independent label, eLLeven, comes at a justifiably cautious time for the fashion industry and received numerous attention including Gen art style award 2009 as a finalist, City magazine and Dossir journal.


Junggi Sung has worked as an industrial designer for IDEO, Boston and LG Electronics, Seoul. He has won numerous awards, and exhibited in Asia, Europe and America.


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