After “Scrolls” exhibition ended at the SG Gallery in Venice, my scroll will stay longer with the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia as this is a travelling exhibition. The beautifully located school was founded in 1969 and is the premier university program in Venice for Printmaking and Book Arts, as well as the most established and equipped studio for professional and practicing artists. One of the organizers of “Scrolls”, the Associazione VIS Venetiae Incipit Scriptorium, whose goal is to teach and keep the ancient art of calligraphy, posted these photos of the opening April 17th.
A scroll is a roll of papyrus, parchment, or paper which has been written, drawn or painted upon for the purpose of decoration or preserving or transmitting information. Scrolls were the first form of editable record keeping texts, used in Eastern Mediterranean ancient Egyptian civilizations. While the scroll was popular until the fourth century, it was gradually replaced by the codex, which is a book in the format used for modern books.
“No Mind I” artist’s book, handwritten calligraphy on Nepalese paper, limited edition of 3, each unique.
A view from the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, photo by J. Davis.
Still haven’t finished unpacking my studio but I’m thrilled about my first group exhibition in Houston honoring Frida Kahlo’s legacy at East End Studio Gallery (at Nance and Hardy Studios) on April 8th, curated by Lizbeth Ortiz, known for her annual Frida Festival (going on its 11th year). Also, I’ve been invited to show one of my artist’s books in Venice at “Scrolls” at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica di Venezia in Italy (Ap.14-21) and to join a group show to honor the anniversary exhibition of a great dutch artist: Norbert Wille at Jan Et Piet Museum in Netherlands (May 7th).
Moving to Houston from S. Korea early this year after 7 1/2 years of making art and having such wonderful Asian country as home means both opportunities and challenges at personal and artistic levels, however doors always open when we put hard work and the heart on what we do.
THE MOTHER, mixed media, 31.5 x 25.5 (80 x 64 cm) in. framed in acrylic box, 2012 (one of the 4 paintings to be exhibited at “Viva Frida”)
A form of meditation and a powerful part of healing, the physical act of making my artist’ books allowed me to express emotions that words alone are often unable to communicate. The fragility of their paper and materials remind us of the fragility of the human mind. The words “no mind” (emptying your mind) and the empty medicine blisters where the scrolls are mounted are a contrast and an antidote to today’s age of worrying too much about achieving and meeting the expectations that others place on us. Finally as the Cuban poet Rafael Campo tells us “Through certain books, a truth unfolds”.
The 3 artist’s books are part of a series on progress of 15 scrolls of ink calligraphy on Nepalese paper carrying the words “No mind” (part of the concept of mindfulness), mounted on medicine blister strips, between 100 and 300 cm. long when open and about 5 x 9 cm when folded.
Last Saturday opened “Small Matters of Great Importance”: small works on paper that make big statements, curated by Carole Perry and juried by Michelle Donelly, Fellow Curator of the Whitney Museum. Here on this album from the museum are photos of the opening and my works displayed on top of the fireplace. If you are in the area, please stop by!
“No Mind V”, Artist’s book, ink calligraphy on Nepalese paper, mounted on medicine blister strips, 274 cm. long, 2016. Part of a series of 15 books, on progress.
I was recently invited by the Honorary Consulate of Ecuador to curate a solo exhibition for the opening of his post in Busan. The successful ceremony took place Nov.27th in Novotel Hotel with around 130 guests and live music including an Ecuadorian group and it lasted for 10 days. I want to express how deeply honored and grateful I feel to the Embassy of Ecuador in Seoul, the Honorary Consulate of Ecuador in Busan, Novotel Ambassador Hotel in Busan and to Gana Gallery for their support.
I came up with the theme “When leaving becomes arriving” and gathered paper works including large paintings-collage, monotypes and an installation from the last years. Curating this retrospective made me reflect about what it involves leaving your home country and those you love to embark on a pilgrimage. One is subject to the vagaries of wind and weather along the way, the nature of the destination changes, step by step, and not always we know where the end of the road is. It takes inner resilience to endure the loneliness and the unforeseen but also a sense of risk and adventure. After all, there is a sense of freedom when we touch the deep foundation of aloneness. Maybe there is a need for following a certain star not seen by anyone else, an internal migration running parallel to the outside road, keeping us changing while trying to stay true. Maybe there is the need to create a more beautiful mind.
Here is the publication from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility ad well as the news from the Embassy of Ecuador in South Korea.
FUI INVITADA POR EL CONSUL HONORARIO DE ECUADOR A CURAR UNA EXPOSICION PARA LA APERTURA DE SU OFICINA AQUI EN BUSAN. LA CEREMONIA SE LLEVO A CABO NOV.27 EN EL HOTEL NOVOTEL CON ALREDEDOR DE 130 INVITADOS Y MUSICA ECUATORIANA EN VIVO. ESTA ES UNA NOTA DE AGRADECIMIENTO PARA LA EMBAJADA DEL ECUADOR EN SEUL, EL CONSULADO HONORARIO DEL ECUADOR EN BUSAN, EL HOTEL NOVOTEL DE BUSAN Y LA GALERIA GANA POR TODO SU APOYO.
EL CURAR ESTA EXPOSICION “CUANDO EL IRSE SE CONVIERTE EN LLEGAR” ME HIZO REFLECCIONAR PROFUNDAMENTE SOBRE LO QUE SIGNIFICA DEJAR SU PAIS NATAL Y LOS SERES AMADOS PARA EMBARCARSE EN UN PEREGRINAJE. UNO ESTA SUJETO A LOS CAMBIOS DEL VIENTO Y EL TIEMPO, NUESTRA DESTINACION CAMBIA, PASO A PASO, Y NO SIEMPRE SABEMOS CUAL ES EL LUGAR FINAL. SE NECESITA FORTALEZA INTERIOR PARA SOBRELLEVAR LO INESPERADO Y LA SOLEDAD, PERO A SU VEZ RIESGO Y AVENTURA. DESPUES DE TODO, SE LLEGA A CIERTA LIBERTAD CUANDO UNO TOCA LO MAS PROFUNDO DE LA SOLEDAD BUSCADA. ES COMO UNA MIGRACION INTERNA QUE NOS HACE CAMBIAR CONSTANTEMENTE. QUIZAS HAY UNA NECESIDAD DE SEGUIR UNA ESTRELLA QUE ES INVISIBLE PARA TODOS LOS DEMAS. QUIZAS EXISTE LA NECESIDAD DE CREAR UNA MENTE MAS HERMOSA.
AQUI ESTA EL COMUNICADO DE LA EMBAJADA DEL ECUADOR EN COREA DEL SUR Y EL COMUNICADO DEL MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES .EXTERIORES.
Today I got great news: 3 of my artist’s books on “Mindfulness” will be on exhibition at “Small Matters of Great Importance”, curated by Michelle Donnelly, Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. The exhibition celebrates small works on paper that make big statements and will be held in two gallery rooms of Edward Hopper’s birthplace and family home, now a non-profit art center and museum. According to The Huffington Post, the Edward Hopper’s House of Art and Museum is one of “The 13 best New York art spots that aren’t in NYC”. I’ll post photos of my work when the exhibition opens Nov. 19, running until Jan. 8, 2017.
HOY RECIBI EXCELENTES NOTICIAS PUES 3 DE MIS LIBROS DE ARTISTA SOBRE MEDITACION O EL ESTADO DE “NO-MENTE” ESTARAN EN EXPOSICION EN EL Museo y Centro de Arte Edward Hopper EN NUEVA YORK. LA EXPOSICION SE CONCENTRA EN OBRAS HECHAS SOBRE PAPEL Y ES CURADA POR MICHELLE DONNELLY, CURADORA DEL MUSEO WHITNEY DE NUEVA YORK. ESTA CASA MUSEO FUE EL LUGAR DONDE NACIO Y CRECIO EL FAMOSO PINTOR EDWARD HOPPER Y DE ACUERDO AL PERIODICO HUFFINGTON POST ES UNO DE LOS 13 MEJORES ESPACIOS DE ARTE EN NUEVA YORK QUE NO ESTAN DENTRO DE LA CIUDAD. PONDRE FOTOS DE LAS PIEZAS CUANDO LA EXPO ABRA EN NOV.19, CULMINANDO EN ENERO 8 DEL 2017.
I’m invited to show my work in a group exhibition with Craig Martin, David Gerstein, Hong Jung Hee, Lee Jin, Lee Ok Nam, Michael Romero Britto and Yim Taekyu at Gallery Wave in Orange Plaza, Marin City, Busan, Sep.6-30, 2016. Welcome!