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YK Hong

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Lives in
Brooklyn, NY

Works in
Brooklyn, NY


korea, korean, Wood, asian, asia, sculpture, mixed-media, installation, conceptual, digital, design


My art is a continuation of my meditation practice and social justice work. I use the patience and discipline required in the technique of my work as a form of meditation while expressing in content, social change. My work expresses my multiple cultures in one breath, explicitly as well as implicitly. I use the subtlety of simple visuals to express a representation of movement as in action, and movement as in the social justice movement.


I use two contexts, Graphic Design and Texture, as my main tools for expression. When painting on canvas, I use oil paint because of its demand for patience and structural control. When creating woodblock pieces, I am conscious of allowing the “strokes” of the carvings to remain present for texture. All of my work incorporates an element of “breaking through”, either through a bold color, texture or stroke.


I am influenced by the organic and earthy history of my Asian culture, but also by its extreme rigidity. All of my work is reminiscent of a lifetime process and every piece begins and ends with the idea of struggle. Some paintings have repetitive patterns with breakthrough strokes or colors to signify an escape from convention. I am finally bringing together all aspects of my life into my artistic medium.

Recent Exhibits

YK Hong participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2012 Amplify Action: "Sustainability Through The Arts"
Skylight Gallery, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Jun, 2010 2010 National Juried Exhibition Juror: Robert Storr
Phoenix Gallery
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