2012_Hoon Kwak

July 1890, Vincent van Gogh

 

2012.10.12 - 2012.11.8

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Hoon Kwak : July 1870, Vincent van Gogh

Friday, Oct. 12 - Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

Opening Reception : Friday, Oct. 12, 5:00pm

 

 

 

Seeing Hoon Kwak’s painting recalling 
Vincent van Gogh in July 1890

By Lim Du-bin 
Professor of Dankook University Graduate School of Culture, Arts, and Design


Painter Hoon Kwak has devoted himself to creating new paintings for the past few years. I called at his studio in Icheon to see the paintings he brought from the United States. Kwak explained he painted the 30 large-scale paintings, recalling the Post-Impressionist painting master Vincent van Gogh. He became interested in van Gogh after reading new books on the artist. He said Vincent van Gogh is a man like philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. When I heard what he said I felt how he was inspired by van Gogh’s life and art.

Nietzsche who asserted new values, declared “God is dead! I am the first perfect nihilist of Europe,” is a figure like a philosophical martyr. Vincent van Gogh is also like an artistic martyr who devoted himself to creative work.

I carefully examined Kwak’s paintings one by one. I discovered the faces enlarged to fill the whole canvas like an id picture in each painting. But, the faces were formed with only outlines and background without distinctive features. How can he depict van Gogh’s face? At the moment the face is portrayed, it could not be van Gogh’s. I looked at the faces for a long while. Kwak applied numerous lines of paint, overlapping to form rough, thick layers of paint. Like an uneven ground the scene with the possibility of numerous images gazed at me, concealing the mysterious breath of the life behind.

As jewels emit light, fragments in various hues serenely reveal themselves between brownish tones like pieces of relics at a historic site. When I gaze at them, all elements of the scene radiate light in tension and turn into a mirror. How can one really know the life Vincent van Gogh lived? And, how can one understand his spirit properly? Although novelist, biographers, critics, art historians, and painters have painted his face, nobody has no portrayed it as a whole! During his lifetime no friends, parents, or even his younger brother Theo saw him properly. The solitary genius became a legend, remaining misunderstood.

I find van Gogh’s tears in Kwak’s flowing paint strokes. I feel his passion for creation and love for all living creatures in his innumerable overlaps of paint, exuding light in despair. Despair and wreckage may be the impetus to disclose existence.

A mirror-like painting reflecting the inner world; these portraits of Vincent van Gogh are mirrors reflecting all painters and philosophers who try to live seriously, and above all are mirrors of Kwak himself. Kwak illustrates his self-portraits through his paintings of Vincent van Gogh.

Profile

1941 Born in Daegu, Korea

1982 M.F.A. California State University, Long Beach

1980 M.A. California State University, Los Angeles

1963 B.A. College of Fine Art, Seoul National University

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

2012

Gallery YEH, Seoul, Korea

Daegu Art Center, Daegu, Korea

Gallery Shilla, Daegu, Korea

2011

Daegu Health College art center, Daegu, Korea

SUSEONG ARTPIA, Daegu, Korea

2010

Gallery Shilla, Daegu, Korea

2009

C.J. Gallery, San Diego, CA, USA

2007

Gallery YEH, Seoul, Korea

Korea Art Center, Pusan, Korea

Gallery Shilla, Daegu, Korea

2006

Daegu Health College art center, Daegu, Korea

Pyo Gallery, Seoul, Korea           

2005

National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

2004

Pyo Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2003

Andrew Shire Gallery L.A, CA, USA

Hyundai Art Center Gallery, Ulsan, Korea

Gallery M, Daegu, Korea

2000

Rong Bao Zhai Gallery, Beijing, China

Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Jo-Hyun Gallery, Pusan, Korea

1999

Carinthia Gallery, Austria

1998

Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1997

Carinthia Gallery, Carinthia, Austria

63Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Cigong Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1996

Johyun Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Masan MBC Gallery, Masan, Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea

Pyo Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL, USA

Daegu Art Center, Daegu, Korea

1995

Sigma Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Palos Verdes Art Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Inkong Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Sung Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1994

1993The Works Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA, USA

Andrew Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1993

Sun Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Art Sonje Museum, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1992

Pusan Gallery, Pusan, Korea

MacQuarie Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Sala Pares Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

The Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA, USA

1991

Pacific Asian Museum, Pasadena, CA, USA

Sun Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1990

MacQuarie Gallery, Sydney, Australia

The Works Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA, USA

Sun Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1989

Karl Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA

The Works Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA, USA

Levinson Kane Gallery, Boston, MA, USA

1988

Iannetti Lanzone Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

Sun Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1987

Inkong Gallery, Daegu, Korea

Duson and Pyung Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1986

Ymok Gallery, Daegu, Korea

Korean Cultural Service Center Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Harcourts Contemporary, San Francisco, CA, USA

1985

Karl Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Duson Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1984

Q Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1983

Art Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dongsanbang Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1982

L.A. Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dongsanbang Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Traction Gallery, L.A. CA, USA

1981

L.A. Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1980

L.A. Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1970

The Press Center of Korea, Seoul, Korea

 

 

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2011

Gallery YEH, Seoul, Korea

Gallery Shilla, Daegu, Korea

Daegu Art Center, Daegu, Korea

2010

Gallery YEH, Seoul, Korea

Gallery Shilla, Daegu, Korea

2009

L.A County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Gallery Parkyoung, Paju, Gyeonggi-do, Korea

2008

Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2004

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

2000

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Korea Cultural Center, New York, NY, USA

1998

Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1997

Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1996

Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea

Newport Harbor Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1995

Venice Biennale Korea Pavilion, Venice, Italy

1993

Pauline Hirsh Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1992

Levinson Kane Gallery, Boston, MA, USA

Sandra Walter Gallery, Hong Kong

Watts Tower, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Mac Quarie Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Art Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

SUN Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1991

Levinson Kane Gallery, Boston, MA, USA

Hanwon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

The Annex Gallery, La Jlooa, CA, USA

The Annex Gallery, San Diego, CA, USA

The Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA, USA

Valerie Miller Gallery, Brunswick, ME, USA

Hobe Sound Gallery, Brunswick, ME, USA

1989

The Thumb Gallery, London, England

The Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA, USA

Cerritos College Fine Art Gallery, Cerritos, CA, USA

Vallerie Miller Gallery, Palm Desert, CA, USA

1988

Van Straaten Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

SUN Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Vallerie Miller Gallery, Palm Desert, CA, USA

Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Karl Bormstein Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA

The Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA, USA

1987

Karl Bormstein Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka, Japan

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

The Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA, USA

1986

Karl Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Simard Halm Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

The Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA, USA

Karl Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Harcourts Contemporary Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

1985

Harcourts Contemporary Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

The Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA, USA

18th Street Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA

L.A. County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1984

California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA, USA

Wing Luck Memorial Museum of Art, Seattle, Washington

Karl Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Harcourts Contemporary Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

Art Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Korean Cultural Service, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1983

Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Korean Cultural Service, Los Angeles, CA, USA

L.A. Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

L.A. County Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA, USA

1:16 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1982

Scope Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Gallery C, Long Beach, CA, USA

1:16 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Traction Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma, USA

New Mexico Junior College, Hobbs, New Mexico

Visual Art Gallery, Pensacola, FL, USA

1981

L.A. County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Stedman Art Gallery, Camden, NJ, USA

New California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA

1:16 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

L.A. County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Cheney kaulseu Museum, Spokane, Washington, USA

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA

Minot State University, Minot, North Dakota, USA

L.E.A.A. Juried All Media National Art Exhibition, Hobbs, New Mexico

Junior Art Center Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, USA

Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, CA, USA

Long Beach Gallery, Long Beach, CA, USA

Japan Cultural Center United States, Los Angeles, CA, USA

L.A. Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dongsanbang Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, Tianjin, Fukuoka, Japan

American Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, USA

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, USA

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Ahnot Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

Japan Cultural Center United States, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1980

Brea Gallery, Civic Cultural Center, Brea, CA, USA

Long Beach Gallery, Long Beach, CA, USA

Japanese American Community Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Four Art Plaza, Palm Beach, FL, USA

Wesleyan UniVersity, Macon, Georgia, USA

1968

The Press Center of Korea, Seoul, Korea

 

PRIZE (SELECTED)

1984

California State University, Long Beach Alumni Association, Long Beach, California

Pensacola Water Media National Exhibition, Pensacola, Florida

1982

National Watercolor Society 61st Annual Art Exhibition

National Juried Art Exhibition, Taos, New Mexico

L.E.A.A. Juried All Media National, Hobbs, New Mexico

10th National Prints & Drawing Exhibition, Minot State College, Minot, North Dakota

Long Beach Art Association Juried Exhibition, Visual Arts, Long Beach Gallery, Long Beach, California

 

Commissions & Collections

 

Philadelphia Art Museum, PA, USA

National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Orange County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Arkansas Museum of Art, AR, USA

Security Pacific National Bank, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Amoco Production Co. (Standard Oil), Denver, CO, USA

Minot State College, Minot, Denver, CO, USA

Pensacola State Junior College, Pensacola, FL, USA

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

First L.A. Bank. Los Angeles, CA, USA

Columbia Pictures Co., Los Angeles, CA, USA

Santen Seyak Co., Tokyo, Japan

Wilshire House, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Bel Air Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Tunney, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Sheraton Harbor Island Wes, San Diego, CA, USA

American Food & Beverage Co., Los Angeles, CA, USA

American Bar & Grill, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Executive Life Insurance Co., Los Angeles, CA, USA

Walker Hill Art Center, Seoul, Korea

Conrad Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL, USA

Compri Hotel, Aurora, CO, USA

Southbrook Entertainment, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

Held Properties, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

Trident Ltd., Los Angeles, CA, USA

Larsen, Colby & Koralek Inc., Los Angeles, CA, USA

Ana Hotel, Tokyo, Japan

Bryan, Cave, McFetters & McRoberts, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Robertson Designs, Arcadia, CA, USA

Four Season Hotel, Newport Beach, CA, USA

Jewish Federation Council, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Bear Strearn & Co., Los Angeles, CA, USA

Tyson’s Corner of Sheraton Hotel, VA, USA

Hyatt Melbourne, Australia

M.B.C. T.V. Corp., Seoul, Korea

Spierer, Woodward, Denis & Furstman, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Yukong Line Limited, Seoul, Korea

Grand Hyatt Regency, Washington D.C., USA

Los Angeles International Airport Hilton, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Omni Hotel, Jackson, FL, USA

Touche, Ross & Co., Los Angeles, CA, USA

Jing An Hilton, Shanghai, China

Philippe Guimiot Art Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium

O’Conner-Cavanaugh Art Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium

Hilton Hotel, Seoul, Korea

Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

Pacific Bell, San Fransisco, CA, USA

International Kunstverlag, Hamburg

Directors Guild of America, CA, USA

Yesteryear Inc., Los Angeles, CA, USA

Corner Peripherals, San Jose, CA, USA

Taipei Hilton, Taipei, Taiwan

Nikko Hotel, Sydney, Australia

Kinsella, Boesch, Fujikawa & Towle, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Jules & Co., Costa Mesa, CA, USA

Taipei Hyatt, Taipei, Taiwan

Singapore Hyatt, Singapore

Wener Chappell Music, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Hoam Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

Art Sonje Museum, Gyeongju, Gyongsangbuk-do, Korea

The Bank of Korea, Daegu, Korea

Gallery 63, Seoul, Korea

Daegu City, Daegu, Korea

Ilsin Group, Seoul, Korea

Sungkok Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Debec Cultural Foundation, Daegu, Korea

ArtSonje Center, Seoul, Korea

The South Wales Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Orange County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Arkansas Museum of Art, AR, USA

Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Philadelphia Art Museum, PA, USA

Minot State College, Minot, ND, USA

Pensacola State Junior College, Pensacola, FL, USA

National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

 

Publications

SEMOONDANG, Artist Hoon Kwak, 2011

Howard N. Fox “of Two Mind” Hoon Kwak, 1998

Darin Powell, “Sound shapes Birmingham Post-Herald, April 22, 1996

Jonathan Goodman, “Review”, ART News, Dec. 1995

Peter Frank, “Review”, Asian Art news, Hong Kong, Sept. 1995

Kwangsoo Kim, “Venice Biennale & Korean Art”, Morning Calm, June 1995

Letitia Baldridge, Daily Breeze, Mar. 8, 1995

Josin Ianco Starrels & Susan C. Larsen, Hoon Kwak, Typecraft Publications, 1993

Ian Findlay-Brown, “A Korean Bridge”, Asian Art news, Hong Kong, May/June, 1992

Jo Saurin, “Review”, The Sydney Morning Herald, Dec. 8, 1990

Dinah Berland, “Review”, Press-Telegram, Oct. 24, 1989

Kristine Mckenna, “Review”, L.A Times, Jan. 13, 1989

Victoria Lou, “Review”, Artist, Taiwan Vol. 143, Apr. 1987

Kristine Mckenna, “Review”, L.A Times, Oct. 1985

Amaury Saint-Gilles, “Review”, Mainichi Daily News, Mar. 1984

Elizabeth Richardson, “Review”, Images & Issues, Jan. 1984

Isabel Anderson, “Review”, Art Week, Aug. 13, 1983

Robert Pincus, “Review”, L.A Times, Aug. 12, 1983

The Great I.&I. Cover Up, Images & Issues, July 1983

Isabel Anderson, “Review”, Art Week, Oct. 9, 1982

Susan Muchnic, “Review”, L.A Times, Oct. 1, 1982