Wk6 – Artist Conversation – Sery Kwon

IMG_5451Another artist this week! This week I will talk about Sery Kwon at the Max L. Gatov Gallery East. This is the show room of Sery Kwon, Laura Lopez, Alice Andreini. The name of this show is Site Lines. Sery Kwon is a Korean born in Korea and moved to United States when she was 15 years old. Kwon is now 23 years old and this is her last semester at the CSULB as a BFA. After graduated, she will keep painting. She also wants to take a master degree and become a high school teacher. She got interested in abstract painting during her junior year of college. She moved to U.S. because she thinks she could do more art here.

Her kind of painting is called map paintings. She painted a map of the place that she went to at a aerial view. Each of the work contained Kwon’s experiences and memories of her past. Sery Kwon used rice paper and acrylic paint for the work. She didn’t just paint what in her mind. Kwon actually plan it out on paper and also what colors she will use for the paint. Her favorite colors are coral and purple. She feels happy when looking at them.

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The left one is a map paint of Los Angeles. By looking the colors, you can easy see a mixture and dark pattern. Kwon said that because she think L.A. is a busy and polluted city. The right one is Dublin. She said she got lost in the city. That’s why you kind of see there is a focus point in the paint with yellow and green colors.

all the works took her about two months to complete. When she doesn’t like the way the paint turn out, she will start over. By doing this, she can improve her skills and also get a piece she actually likes at the end. Mark Bradford is her favorite painter. Kwon said she felt like there is a connection between her and Bradford’s artworks.

This is her website: http://serykwon.weebly.com/

Instagram: @seryberry55 but it is private so you may want to look at #seryforart.

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