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Pat Kim
Pictured is a logo, three letters in green in a triangular formation, P on the top left, K on the top right, D in the bottom middle.
Current location
Brooklyn, NY
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
2016, Project Resident

Pat Kim is a New York-based designer/artist working primarily in objects, furniture, and sculpture.

Kim’s approach is defined by constant experimentation with materials and methods gleaned from traditional craft. His work is rooted in the philosophy of sculptural simplicity and enduring quality.

Kim seeks to create timeless, thoughtful, genial objects and bring them to the world.

He runs a studio called Pat Kim Design.

Eyebeam Project Resident 2016

On Design was a series of experimental Eyebeam projects and talks focused on the most exciting emergent practices in design. On Design drew on Eyebeam’s expertise and resources in fabrication methods, materials, and processes to inspire future collaborations across the art, design, and technology communities.

Designers in this initiative received a Project Residency—a focused and intensive, short residency including studio space, financial support, and fabrication expertise—and presented the results of their time at Eyebeam in a public forum. 

Eyebeam selected Patrick Kim, a product designer who experiments with traditional craft methods and materials to create functional art objects, as the initial participant in this initiative. Eyebeam chose Patrick’s work based on his creative approach towards material use, fabrication method, and his openness to experimental techniques. 

During the Residency, Patrick created a new series of work incorporating Eyebeam digital fabrication machinery including:

  1. ProJet 460 Plus Color 3D Printer
  2. FormLabs Form +1 3D Printer
  3. MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer
  4. MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
  5. Universal 660 Laser Cutter
  6. Modela MDX-40A CNC Milling Machine

Patrick’s experimental fabrication process was live-streamed in 360-degree video every weekday from 2-5 pm Eastern from July 7 to July 14, 2016.  Online viewers were invited to follow Patrick’s process, ask questions and interact with his design iterations throughout Eyebeam’s live-streaming sessions.

“We want to see how Patrick will incorporate Eyebeam’s digital fabrication technology into his design process and how these digital tools will inform his ‘traditional craft’ practice,” Billy Dang, Former Creative Technology Manager at Eyebeam, explained. 

Design projects figure prominently in Eyebeam’s history of supporting aesthetic and technological practice. Recent examples include the installation of Richard The and Frederic Eyl, featured in the exhibition To Scale, which used microscopic printing technology and algorithmic intelligence, to create a physical image of seemingly “infinite resolution.” 

Eyebeam models a new approach to artist-led creation for the public good; we are a non-profit that provides significant professional support and money to exceptional artists for the realization of important ideas that wouldn’t exist otherwise. Nobody else is doing this.

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