"My art is a fabrication of reality - the way I see it in my mind. Music, culture, childhood memories, and the people in the environment that surrounds me influence it. When I pass by strangers or a situation taking place, my mind begins to create stories about them - imagining their lives, the triumphs, the tragedies, and the happiness or sadness they experience - which becomes the inspiration for my artwork. But, there is truth in my art. It comes from the way I am feeling at the time I am constructing a painting, and it is this feeling that I am trying to convey."
Born a minister's son in 1977 in Seoul Korea, Young Chun remembers as a child, living in a small attachment to a hillside church for a brief time. The days spent running around with imaginary friends in the dim empty chapel has fueled his imagination, contributing to his artistic growth. The "chapel" has become a permanent fixture in his creative mind - where he constructs, develops, and stores works in progress, before they ever meet a sketchpad.
In 2000, Young received his B.F.A, from the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena California. His talent was noticed and he began participating in group shows in Los Angeles - but then he stumbled into the opposite end of the spectrum - into the healthcare field - to search for "substance" and "something deeper in life". The years spent working in hospitals in the LA area, faced with life and death situations; has expanded his outlook in life, adding to his artistic vision.
In February of 2011, Young quit his career as a respiratory therapist, to pursue a life as a full-time artist. His eye-catching and highly skilled paintings have attracted immediate attention and continue to awe the viewer. This is the artist's second exhibition with C.A.V.E. Gallery.
Craww's artwork is known for the dreamlike portraits populated with floating muses, individually emanating a dynamic mix of elegance, balance and disciplined chaos.
The artist returns to C.A.V.E. Gallery with a new body of work that captures a mood of timeless melancholy and peaceful repose. For this series, the artist has been inspired by time spent wandering in overgrown graveyards and studying classical sculpture in museums. His subjects embrace the passing of time. Appearing as if statues, their fragmented forms are penetrated by explosions of life reflecting the natural balance of life and death. Each piece of this collection inspires a subjective mood and frees the mind to explore an ethereal world, not bound by an identifiable time or place.
Craww paints with washes of acrylic on paper where he gradually builds layers of color to create both depth and transparency, resulting in rich saturated colors with halos of light.
While you are enveloped in sleep, JoKa is toiling into the night stippling acrylic paint to blank facades, incorporating imagery of styles and faces of yore. Having a penchant for meticulous and detailed work led JoKa to his method of hyperpointillism, wherein he uses only toothpicks to apply his tiny dots of color. Using such a regulated and precise technique leaves no inch of surface without extreme attention to detail, and the works beg for closer and repeat visits - a viewer can get lost in the hundreds of dots that make up every of each square inch.
This new body of artwork continues the artist's exploration of illusion, which is achieved by alternate images showing through one another. Using collaged imagery, JoKa skews and distorts, pushing familiar images into a surreal kaleidoscope of color.
Currently residing in Philadelphia, JoKa has been exhibiting his artwork since 2005 across the country and internationally. This is the artist's second show with C.A.V.E. Gallery.
Artist statement: "Disassemble Required"
"Sometimes things must be taken apart and scrutinized to understand their full meaning. Human interactions are subjective to the aspect of each individual viewer, and therefore, one can only assume the understanding of the other partaker. If miscomprehension occurs or the lines of communication get fuzzy, without detailed blueprints it is sometimes hard to put the pieces back together."
MUNEERA GERALD (AKA CHERRI WOOD)
Muneera Gerald (aka Cherri Wood) continues to make her mark on the contemporary art world. Her current drawings are a collection of memories and daydreams. Each piece is layered with a symbiotic mix of acrylic, ink and graphite. Some depict childlike escapades while others capture the quiet moments in life that seem mundane - but represent a perceptive insight of human idiosynchracies. Muneera has shown in galleries across the country since 2007. C.A.V.E. Gallery is pleased to present her second show with the gallery.