JAENA KWON: TACTILE SPACE
ONLINE OPENING MAY 2018
The show presents 20 sculptural pieces from A4 scale to wall-size objects organized in small and large sizes. Kwon's practice is concerned with the construction of the painting space and the expansion of painting through incorporating environmental conditions. Jaena intends to create viable painting moments as a spatial experience, heightened by the bodily movement, tactile emotion, and the viewer’s subjective involvement. Each shape is cut and sanded to have ergonomic features responding to body parts and the bodily movement. Each work is an experiment with formal elements such as the surface, support, color, light, texture, and how this vocabulary composes a space. Such analytical approach investigates how paintings can implicate space beyond its surface through illusory, psychological, or emotional means. In between tangible matter and intangible effect, the intention is to weave those concepts together.
Jaena Kwon (b. 1986, South Korea) lives and works in New York. She received an MFA in Painting and Printmaking at Yale University School of Art, CT and her BFA at Seoul National University, South Korea. Her works have been shown at The Painting Center, NY; Amy Simon Fine Art, CT; SongEun Art Space, Seoul; and ING Art Project; Seoul. She has received awards including 2014 Boston Young Contemporaries RGH Prize, the 2014 Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize, and the 2008 Hwajeon Paint Award. She has recently participated in The Studios in Mass MoCA program.
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