Sun K. Kwak
Sun K. Kwak is a multifaceted artist. Her large scale masking tape wall drawings can be found permanently installed at City 75 in Rockefeller Center, NY and in the Samsung Building’s lobby in Korea. Her smaller masking tape on panel and ink on paper works can be found in private collections around the United States and Canada.
Sun K. Kwak’s signature medium of expression masking tape drawings, are meditative studies of the surrounding environment, a dialog between the spiritual and natural forces that we struggle to reconcile culture-wide. On the surface, the installations are beautiful melodic drawings containing rhythms and momentum resembling improvisational works of art. Yet, recalling the psychic convolutions of surrealist automatism, each work is a reaction to the environment’s qi (life force). Tapping into the architecture’s history and former dwellers, Ms. Kwak provides a visual clue into the hidden yet apparent energy within each space.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Sun K. Kwak lives and works in New York City. Her wall drawings are permanently installed in public and private spaces in the US and abroad. In 2007, the curatorial team of the Leeum Museum in Korea commissioned Ms. Kwak for a major public art project installed in the new Samsung Life Building’s lobby in Seoul. While her smaller masking tape on panel and ink on paper works can be found in private collections around the United States. Sun has also exhibited at the Total Museum in Seoul, the House of World Culture Berlin, Salvatore Ferragamo Gallery, ARCO Sala Alcala`31 in Madrid, the Hyundai Window Gallery, The 6th Gwangju Biennale, The Drawing Center, The Queens Museum of Art, The Queens Museum at Bulova Center, and The Seoul City Museum. Sun received her MFA from New York University and BFA from Sook Myung University in Seoul, Korea. In 2006, she was a recipient of the Pollack-Krasner Grant. She has participated in artist residencies at PS.122 Project Studio, an Artist Alliance, and the Henry Street Settlement. Most recently, Ms. Kwak exhibited an installation at a group show at Mixed Greens Gallery in Chelsea entitled Synthetic Supernova.
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