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Brief Published: 26 Jul 2013

Jin Eui Kim’s Optical Illusion Sculptures


South Korean artist Jin Eui Kim explores depth of tonal effects and spatial illusions in his ceramic sculpture works. Based in the UK, he recently obtained his PhD in ceramic art at Cardiff School of Art and Design.

Kim creates horizontal and vertical cylinder forms, and applies different arrangements of concentric bands on their surfaces for mesmerising optical effects. The bands vary in subtle gradients of width, interval and tone in monochromatic dark and light hues. Significantly manipulating the viewer’s perception, the whitest rims of the three-dimensional forms appear as if they are lit by diffused halos of light.

Placement of these works on backgrounds of contrasting colour or tone, as well as changes in the viewer’s position and focus, can further intensify these effects.

The topic of artists being inspired by light and illusion is further explored in our Spring/Summer 2015 Colour concept, Play of Light. Read our rationale for more exceptional uses of monochromatic colour and tone.

Jin Eui Kim