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L.A. Artcore is pleased to present the works of Matthew T homas and Ehja Kang\, from October 1st through the 29th\, 2010.

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During the past three decades\, Matthew Thomas\, a serious Southern Californian African-American artist\, dealt with the pro blem of the fusion of two polarized cultural and aesthetic visions\, of mod ern abstraction and of indigenous expression. Along with practicing meditat ion\, Thomas studied the esoteric traditions of Europe\, Asia and indigenou s people of the Americas transforming his attitudes and formal education in painting acquired at the Chouinard Art Institute.  His art became a delibe rate effort to reclaim his ancestral sources of image making\, his preoccup ation with cosmic links of mind and sprit\, to cross-cultural issues\, and to the shrine as a motif. By 1992\, he began to engage the materials direct ly\, eschewing any analysis of the language of abstraction. His interest wa s directed to the properties of pure pigment\, clay\, wax\, gold and copper leaf\, concrete and earth\, to find life or soul in natural materials. He studied color’s relationship to sound. The effort was to sing with the bril liance of primary colors\, just as nature always expresses something that t ranscends itself. Along with his technical concern\, he engaged in self-ref lection\, the dissolution of boundaries\, the underlying messages of divine equality and finding the essence in unity rather than separation.

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Ehja Kang is a Korean native and graduate of Chookye Art College (19 85) Seoul\, Korea where she studied Oriental painting and concrete art. Kan g has since combined these visual languages and has used this plurality as the means to her artistic progression.

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Creating greater dialogue be tween visual elements\, Kang playfully reflects our increasingly connected world through a poetic\, imaginative and informed execution of color\, shap e and form. Kang’s juxtapositions of ink gestures between layers of multico lored\, semi-transparent handmade paper sensuously engage the viewer\, and draw us into their active underpinnings.

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Fluid ink gestures\, paint washes and cut paper continuously shift our perception of foreground and b ackground and are united with coherent shifts in transparency and opacity.  Kang’s works are a visual cacophony of subtle layers\, lucid markings\, an d inlaid geometry\, compelling our senses with her works’ improvisatory nat ure and playful spirit.

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Kang has shown nationally and international ly. Shows include the Las Vegas Art Museum\, Thailand Cultural Center\, Ban gkok\, Insa Gallery\, Yonsei Gallery Seoul\, and LA Artcore\, Los Angeles.< /p>\n

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DTEND:20101031 DTSTAMP:20140829T152930 DTSTART:20101001 GEO:34.050988;-118.239927 LOCATION:LA Artcore Union Center for the Arts\,120 Judge John Aiso St. \nLo s Angeles\, CA 90012 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Ehja Kang\, Matthew Thomas - New Paintings\, Ehja Kang\, Matthew Th omas UID:128893 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20101003T170000 DTSTAMP:20140829T152930 DTSTART:20101003T150000 GEO:34.050988;-118.239927 LOCATION:LA Artcore Union Center for the Arts\,120 Judge John Aiso St. \nLo s Angeles\, CA 90012 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Ehja Kang\, Matthew Thomas - New Paintings\, Ehja Kang\, Matthew Th omas UID:128894 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR