Shatto Gallery debuts The Voice of the Sacred, paintings and sculptures by artist Hyun Ae Kang, her first solo exhibition with the gallery. An opening reception will be held on April 29, 2023, from 3-6pm, along with an artist talk at 4:30pm.

About the Artist

As a painter and sculptor, Kang is well recognized for her distinctive style, merging traditional Korean spirituality with Western abstract expressionism and connecting spiritual ideologies.

After immigrating to the United States, Kang adapted her artistic approach from subdued earth tones to polychromatic bright hues, as she had the chance to examine the works of color field artists and thus come to understand the significance and relevance of color. When she first moved to the US, American artists like Rothko, Motherwell, and Frankenthaler influenced her to bring a kaleidoscopic-like palette in her work, which was a fresh impetus to reinvent the art of Dansaekhwa. In contrast to the often monochrome and understated tones of Dansaekhwa, Hyun Ae Kang’s work imbues maximum use of color, luminance, and texture. This indicates a break from the movement’s traditional aesthetic. The Dansaekhwa movement is the 1950s Korean monochrome movement where repetition was represented through recurrent patterns and gestures. Through this divergence, Kang has developed a new, distinctive style that is exclusively hers.

Halo 12F21, Mixed Media, 2021, 36″x36″

Through the use of impasto and divisionist color theory, Kang amplifies the luminosity and vibrancy of her paintings. Ridges created through impasto not only add more tactile texture, but also catch light, and by doing so, it creates an impression that the painting emanates light from within. By using vibrant colors, reverberating light, and visceral textures, Kang aims to express the power of the sublime, unlike minimalists who aim for clarity through reduction and elimination.

On view: April 29 – May 27, 2023; Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm (Closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday)

What: The Voice of the Sacred, Hyun Ae Kang
Where: Shatto Gallery, 3130 Wilshire Blvd, #104, LA 90010