Featured Artist: Gb Kim

Gb Kim, also known as Ghangbin Kim (she/her), is an artist, scientific illustrator, and scholar of science, medicine, and technology. She received an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU (2016), and a BFA in Illustration from Parsons the New School for Design (2014).


The objective of her general practice is toward a decolonizing of the sciences, a reifying of scientific history and philosophy, and ultimately a collective effort towards a more equitable and humane medical and technological future. Her ongoing work is focused on an imagining of a future science “fiction,” investigating the possibility of humane cyborgs: a future where environmental disaster doesn’t end in resource wars, where exponential technological progress in the form of artificial intelligence doesn’t end in absolute surveillance, where science and medicine don’t end in biometric oppression, exploitation, and dehumanization.


Gb’s institutional work is with nonprofits in science education as an illustrator and organizer. In the past she has worked with the Ligo Project and founder Shane Mayack, as a co-director, managing collaborations between artists and scientists and curating the end of residency exhibitions. Currently she is the primary illustrator for XBio, an open source, story-driven resource on biology https://explorebiology.org/ (a collaboration with iBiology and TNQ Technologies). She is also a consulting illustrator at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).


Gb has published images in Cell Press for “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” the Gairdner Award for Biomedical Research acceptance essay in 2019 by Ron Vale; for “Senescence-Induced Vascular Remodeling Creates Therapeutic Vulnerabilities in Pancreas Cancer” in 2020 by Marcus Ruscetti, John P. Morris, Riccardo Mezzadra, and Scott Lowe. Historically she’s worked as a cover artist for YesYes Books and for Haymarket Books, most notably, Build Yourself a Boat by Camonghne Felix.



Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/k.gb

Website: http://www.gbkim.com/

XBio Site: https://explorebiology.org/



ALT.KAERADIKON^3. acrylic, ink, oil. $200 (14x20in unframed)

ALT.KAHNKAT^4. acrylic, ink, oil. $200 (14x20in unframed)

ALT.DIALAK^3. acrylic, ink, oil. $200 (14x20in unframed)

ALT.STRIAKOL^2. acrylic, ink, oil. $200 (14x20in unframed)


Email littlefield or email Gb for art purchase

Works Framed at: Galleria on Third NYC

Photographed by Ben Wentzel // @durpaw // ben@benwentzel.net



Gb has compiled resources for artists looking for financial assistance during COVID-19.

>New York Foundation for the Arts: jobs, internships, residency, stipends, grants, fellowship

>Amplifier Org: Global Open Call For Art around COVID for money

>Opportunity Agenda: Stipends for Artists & Cultural Strategists

>Financial Resources for Artists during COVID-19 by Tran Vu and Elizabeth Kipp-Giusti: GOOGLE DOC, VIDEO

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We recognize that during this pandemic crisis that there are artists whose work have been affected. In response to this, our show for the time being will be dedicated to highlighting the work of these artists. If you know artists creating cultural work in the service of COVID-19 related organizing, reach out to us with their information! We want to feature them on the show! We will be offering a small stipend.

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Recommended reading by Gb below plus additional essays:

> Objectivity by Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison

> Unthinking Eurocentrism by Ella Shohat & Robert Stam

> Dark Matters by Simone Browne

> Black Reconstruction of America by WEB Du Bois

> White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

> Citizen by Claudia Rankine

> “Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction” by Ursula Le Guin

> Bloodchild and other Stories by Octavia Butler

> “Dirt and desire : the phenomenology of female pollution in antiquity” by Anne Carson

> Cyborg Manifesto by Donna Haraway

> Yellow Peril by Jack Tchen

> Orientalism by Edward Said

> The Science Studies Reader edited by Mario Biagioli

> The Scientific Revolution by Steven Shapin

> Leviathan and the Air Pump by Simon Schaffer and Steven Shapin

> Engineering the Revolution by Ken Alder

> The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert