A little about me: 

I was born in South Korea and currently live and work in Los Angeles. I worked as an international shoe designer for 2 decades before returning to make art in 2009. My work consists of painting, sculpture and photography, designated by each project.

My practice can be divided into two sections, one that takes many months to complete, employing complex planning and design as well as engineering skills, and the other, done with speed, allowing whim and accidents. The seemingly disparate genres in my practice have an undercurrent that deals with deconstruction and reconstruction, physically or psychologically, at least that is my intention.

My real-time portrait painting series titled, “lunch Portraits” (a tribute to Frank Ohara’s Lunch Poems) that started in 2015- in which I try to level the stereotypes by mixing the real with imagined background – is a platform where I document my community in an organic and spontaneous manner, offering a place of dialogue and warmth in a cold market driven art world.

Education

Art Center College of Design in Pasadena  BA   

Fashion Institute of Technology BA

Exhibition History 

Solo Shows

2021  “Undique” Paintings and Sculptures, Rio Hondo College Art Gallery, Los Angeles

2020   A Portrait Of An Art World, LSH gallery, Los Angeles

2018   “A Painting Show”, Arcana Books, Los Angeles

2017   “Planes and Structures”  18th St. Art Center, Los Angeles

2017   “Blind Spot”  PostLA Gallery, Los Angeles

2016   “Here and Elsewhere”  A portrait show, Industrial Mill Galllery, Los Angeles

2015  “Designare, Intentio, Planum” Wedge Gallery, Woodbury University, Los Angeles

2014  “Saudade Paintings,” Matrushka Construction, Los Angeles

2014  “No Logo: Prêt-à-porter Spring 2015,” (West LA College Art Gallery), Los Angeles

Group exhibitions

2020  “Archive Machine”  Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles

2020  “We Are Here, and Here We Are” Public Art Exhibition, Durden Ray Gallery, Los Angeles

2020  “The Gallery Is Closed” Online Exhibition “Three day Weekend”, Blum and Poe Broadcast, Los Angeles

2019   A Step Beyond, Otis College Of Art and Design, Los Angeles

2019   Lava On Sand, Wolf & Galentz Gallery, Berlin

2018   LA Looking, Lava Projects, Los Angeles

2018   A Holiday Show, The Atrium @ Helms Bakery Design Center Los Angeles

2018   2018 Juried Exhibition, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery

2017  “Futopia” Blam/Durden Ray Gallery, Los Angeles

2016   “The Night Opens”  Blam Gallery, Los Angeles

2016  “The Gun Show”  Liz’s Loft, Los Angeles

2016  “Play” Los Angeles Municipal Gallery

2015  “Mask” Torrance Art Museum, Torrance CA

2015  “Cultural Conversations” Korean Cultural Center – Grant Winners Exhibition, Los Angeles

2013  MAS Attack”  Torrance Art Museum, Sculpture and Photograph, “The Cave” and “Return to Xylem”

2013  “200 Clams”  XYV Gallery,  “Que faire, que faire, Je ne sait quoi faire” Los Angeles

2011  “Anarchy  Post Gallery, “Caulfield’s Jacket In A Slough” Los Angeles

2009  Clutter” Andrew Shire Gallery, 3 Sculptures : “Beginning Of The  End”, Los Angeles