YOU ARE NOT ALONE Solo Exhibition

JiBin IM / 5 Aug 2022 - 1 Sep 2022

SHOUT x Samsung: YOU ARE NOT ALONE Solo Exhibition by Jibin Im

Showcasing the iconic Balloon Bear to embrace positivity, love, and togetherness and

“Frame Your Love”, exclusive limited edition of “You Are Not Alone” sculpture x matching digital edition x The Frame

 

(Hong Kong – August 05, 2022)  SHOUT Art Hub & Gallery is pleased to partner with Samsung to present South Korean artist Jibin Im’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong YOU ARE NOT ALONE between 5 August and 1 September 2022 at SHOUT Gallery IFC, featuring 9 sets of sculpture and his acclaimed bear balloon. Through the diverse strengths of the artist, Samsung, and SHOUT, the exhibition creates an innovative art experience by combining digital artworks on Samsung The Frame with physical sculptures at the gallery space.

Im is known for his ballooned teddy bears that are seen and adored from all over the world. As part of his Everywhereproject since 2016, he used his ballooned bears as a form of street art that echoes his motto, art for everyone. The collection features colourful ballooned bears that play and hug each other passionately, which translates to positivity, love, and togetherness that is much needed in the current society. Through injecting a dose of colour and emotions into urban environments, he adds a dash of positivity into the emotionless blocks of concrete that carry the weight of societal challenges. Im often projects his thoughts and emotions onto his artworks so that each of them acts as a messenger. Recently, he has participated in both solo and group exhibitions in Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, GANA Art Park Museum in Yangju, and several notable national art museums in South Korea. He has also collaborated with notable organizations like GUCCI, Coca Cola, Mercedes-Benz, Korea Breast Cancer Foundation, and more to spread the joyfulness found in his artworks.

At YOU ARE NOT ALONE, Im is bringing back his most iconic monochromatic balloon bear to Hong Kong, which he named the CHILL bear. The giant black and white balloon bear features the word Chillon its back as Im believes that Hong Kong is a metropolis with a perfect balance between work and chill. Although Hong Kong is known for its fast-paced commercial business model, he sees that the Hong Kong people often thrive when under pressure and enjoy a chilled-out lifestyle after work, hence the word chill to be the perfect word to represent the city. The CHILL bear also doubles as a loving reminder to the people of the city to take life one step at a time, especially as the world gradually adapts and recovers from the devastations brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The innovative Frame Your Love’ digital piece is another eye-catcher in this exhibition. The bears share an embrace on Samsungs The Frame TV displays to signify Ims hope to bring consolation to those who are feeling lost in the modern society interconnected by the internet. During the pandemic, he saw that the lockdowns and social restrictions have digitalized everyones lives on a global scale and this inspired him to evolve and digitalize his artworks to make them more accessible to the public. Through Samsungs support, Im was able to digitalize the hugging bears without compromising the vivid colours and authentic textures of his adorable and inspiring balloon bears. To complete this exclusive piece ‘Frame Your Love’, a set of five physical colourful hugging bear sculptures is produced exclusively to match their digital counterparts on The Frame.

Since 2020, the world has been challenged with an unforeseeable and abrupt pause. Plans have been changed and the physical distance between people has inevitably increased, consequently impacting the art industry that relies so much on physical space and interactions. Moving forward, it is fortunate to see that the world is opening up again and that we are transitioning into a hybrid mode of life. May we all remain hopeful and find joy and peace in Jibin Ims colourful YOU ARE NOT ALONE exhibition.

 

You Are Not Alone

Date: 05 August to 01 September 2022

Venue: SHOUT Art Hub & Gallery, Shop 2033, P2, IFC Shopping Mall, Central, Hong Kong

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:30 – 19:30

Exhibition Site:  https://bit.ly/3zIgKm6

Instagram: shoutgallery

 

About Artist
JiBin IM

JiBin Im is known for his ballooned teddy bears that are seen and adored from all over the world.  As part of his Everywhereproject since 2016, he used his ballooned bears as a form of street art that echoes his motto, art for everyone. The collection features colourful ballooned bears that play and hug each other passionately, which translates to positivity, love, and togetherness that is much needed in the current society. Through injecting a dose of colour and emotions into urban environments, he adds a dash of positivity into the emotionless blocks of concrete that carry the weight of societal challenges. Im often projects his thoughts and emotions onto his artworks so that each of them acts as a messenger. Recently, he has participated in both solo and group exhibitions in Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, GANA Art Park Museum in Yangju, and several notable national art museums in South Korea. He has also collaborated with notable organizations like GUCCI, Coca Cola, Mercedes-Benz, Korea Breast Cancer Foundation, and more to spread the joyfulness found in his artworks.