Ehja Kang, Matthew Thomas - New Paintings
L.A. Artcore is pleased to present the works of Matthew Thomas and Ehja Kang, from October 1st through the 29th, 2010.
During the past three decades, Matthew Thomas, a serious Southern Californian African-American artist, dealt with the problem of the fusion of two polarized cultural and aesthetic visions, of modern abstraction and of indigenous expression. Along with practicing meditation, Thomas studied the esoteric traditions of Europe, Asia and indigenous people of the Americas transforming his attitudes and formal education in painting acquired at the Chouinard Art Institute. His art became a deliberate effort to reclaim his ancestral sources of image making, his preoccupation 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 directly, eschewing any analysis of the language of abstraction. His interest was 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 brilliance of primary colors, just as nature always expresses something that transcends itself. Along with his technical concern, he engaged in self-reflection, the dissolution of boundaries, the underlying messages of divine equality and finding the essence in unity rather than separation.
Ehja Kang is a Korean native and graduate of Chookye Art College (1985) Seoul, Korea where she studied Oriental painting and concrete art. Kang has since combined these visual languages and has used this plurality as the means to her artistic progression.
Creating greater dialogue between visual elements, Kang playfully reflects our increasingly connected world through a poetic, imaginative and informed execution of color, shape and form. Kang’s juxtapositions of ink gestures between layers of multicolored, semi-transparent handmade paper sensuously engage the viewer, and draw us into their active underpinnings.
Fluid ink gestures, paint washes and cut paper continuously shift our perception of foreground and background and are united with coherent shifts in transparency and opacity. Kang’s works are a visual cacophony of subtle layers, lucid markings, and inlaid geometry, compelling our senses with her works’ improvisatory nature and playful spirit.
Kang has shown nationally and internationally. Shows include the Las Vegas Art Museum, Thailand Cultural Center, Bangkok, Insa Gallery, Yonsei Gallery Seoul, and LA Artcore, Los Angeles.
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