Featured artist Jiyoun Kim, who currently resides in Seoul, South Korea, works as a design director in a subsidiary company of LG Group named OTR — Over the Rainbow, while leading his personal practice JiyounKim Studio.
Presented series of objects, titled Dokkaebi, was created as a part of the project named Hangang Art Park, which introduces artistic aspects into the ordinary parks nearby Han river. The stools were inspired by a frequent character of old Korean folk tales, the legendary creature named Dokkaebi, who has extraordinary powers, which he uses to reward the kindhearted and punish the misbehaving.
The stools were made out of cylindrical stainless steel, which was delicately mirror polished, in order to reflect its surroundings. “By availing the mirror effect of the inferior side of the cylinder reflecting the surrounding area, I created the perceptual illusions that the colored superior sides seem to be floating in the middle of the air. Just like Dokkaebi easily manipulating his appearances, 24 Dokkaebi Stools naturally immerse into the surrounding areas; they will also transform according to the colors of the grass, tree, and sky that will eventually change as the year passes,” the artist explains. The final collection contains 24 Dokkaebi stools, featuring 8 different earthy gradient colors on the top, inspired by the marvelous hues of pine trees. The stools are visual representations of the changing seasons, as well as an ode to nature’s beauty. The objects will be placed in the pine tree forests, which refers to a commonly used locale in Korean folk tales.