​KIM SIMONSSON

"MOSS PEOPLE"

Solo Show

30th Jun.—15th Aug.

Shang Hai, China

INo.309, Jia Shan Road, Xu Hui District

IYOUTH is pleased to present "MOSS PEOPLE", Kim Simonsson's first solo exhibition in China, with 15 new sculptors showcasing the artist's imaginative, fairytale-like world.

"Hunter", 2021
"Hunter", 2021

Ceramics, Arrows, Rope, Oak, Nylon Fibre, Epoxy Resin

"Broken Arrow", 2021
"Broken Arrow", 2021

Ceramics, Arrow, Stuffed toy, Feathers, Rope, Nylon Fibre, Epoxy Resin

"Sitting Mossgirl At Bonfire", 2021
"Sitting Mossgirl At Bonfire", 2021

Ceramics, Gold, Stuffed Toy, Wood Saw, Feathers, Plastic Flowers, Rope, Nylon, Fibre, Epoxy Resin

"Hunter", 2021
"Hunter", 2021

Ceramics, Arrows, Rope, Oak, Nylon Fibre, Epoxy Resin

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Artist

Kim Simonsson (b. 1974 in Finland) graduated as a ceramics major from the University of Arts and Design in 2000, and he was chosen Finland’s Young Artist of the Year in 2004.

 

With life-size ceramic "Moss People" sculptures depicting innocent yet beguiling child figures, Kim Simonsson leads the viewer into an imaginative, fairytale-like world inspired by the forests of Finland. His gestures are indeed sublime. Simonsson is a superb sculptor who uses clay with great sensitivity for his subjects.

“The name Moss People refers to children’s innate camouflage,” explains Simonsson. “The moss green figures blend perfectly into their natural surroundings, just as a soft carpet of moss covers the ground, rocks, and tree trunks and acts as a sort of protection. In the Moss People world, lost and disconnected children, evoking different characters, gather in a Shaman Party, choose leaders and end up creating false idols.” 

Selected as one of Artnet’s “Nine Fascinating Objects” at 2016 Design Miami, the “Moss People” sculptures are the result of a unique technique combining stoneware, paint, and green nylon fiber, which gives the figures their smooth and mossy surface. Every sculpture is handmade and created in the artist’s studio in Fiskars Village, Finland.  

Kim Simonsson,2000年毕业于艺术与设计大学,主修陶瓷专业,并于2004年入选芬兰年度最佳青年艺术家。

 

Kim Simonsson创造了一系列真人大小的陶瓷雕塑形象”Moss People” 雕塑描绘了无辜却令人着迷的儿童人物,带领观众进入一个受芬兰森林启发的富有想象力的童话般的世界。Kim在雕塑塑造方面的技艺达到了十分娴熟和自如的境界,各种黏土在他的塑造下被赋予了新的生命力。

Kim Simonsson在解释他的艺术概念的时候说到:“ Moss People这个名字是指儿童的天生迷彩。” ,“绿色的苔藓人物完美地融入了他们的自然环境,就像一块柔软的苔藓地毯覆盖地面,岩石和树干,并起到了保护作用。在Moss People的世界中,失散的孩子们扮演起了各自的角色,聚集一堂,选择出他们的领袖并最终演化出出虚拟的偶像。”

 

“ Moss People”雕塑被选为Artnet 2016年迈阿密设计的“九个引人入胜的物体”之一,是一种结合了,瓷器,油漆和绿色尼龙纤维的独特技术的成果,使人物的表面光滑多苔。每个雕塑都是手工制作,并由艺术家本人在芬兰Fiskars村的个人工作室里进行创作。

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JAMES JEAN

DANIEL ARSHAM

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Artist

Johan Sjöström

"Kim Simonsson opens up an intense private-mythological world. His sculptures in glazed stoneware operate on both sides of the threshold of consciousness. These physical objects have a strangely timeless quality as if they were quiet representatives of a detailed but unknown borderland."

 

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Ken Johnson

"A strange, enchanted sadness runs through Mr. Simonsson's work, as though he were trying to connect to some abandoned magical place in his own psyche."

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World Contemporary Ceramics

"Simonsson's works make it easy to go along with Jacques Lacan's idea that the gaze comes or is focused from outside the individual."