Exhibit: "Rendering the Body Present"
New work by Architect Julie Kim
Julie Kim graduated from Wellesley College in 1989 and received her M.Arch from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Currently she is an Associate Professor at The Catholic University of America. Her academic research and commissioned work seeks to amplify craft, making and building underpinned by questions of technology, the environment, culture and gender. She seeks to maintain a balance between her research and creative efforts operating as a licensed professional intertwined with her role as an educator. Julie is the founder of c2architecturestudio, an award-winning design practice. The American Institute of Architects, both national and local chapters; the Society of American Registered Architects; and other peer-review juries have recognized the work of her practice. Her current research efforts are focused on studying the relationship between the body and domestic space. The results of this research project are currently exhibited at the Kibel Gallery (University of Maryland-College Park). She is also currently working on a book that offers a lens to view Detroit’s potential through new urban landscapes, architectural provocations and the inherently optimistic acts of making and building.
Her exhibit at her alma mater will explore the relationship between the body, clothing and architecture, Julie Ju-Youn Kim has designed work that bridges architecture and installation. This series of architectural studies considers how the physical body is expressed via an articulated “house coat.” The installation invites you to enter its construct of simultaneously veiled, contained, and wrapped spaces. The installation piece of the containers recalls the courtyard as well as the traditional dress of Saudi and Korean cultures. Like those in the proposed architectural studies, this “courtyard” gives presence to the body. The containers incorporate ideas that are central to the work, including sequence, access, and boundaries. Both the installation and the theoretical architectural proposals explore notions of gender and women’s space.
Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm