Please join us this evening from 5-8PM to celebrate the opening of "Hold Me," first public exhibition of artwork by Kaela Han.
“Hold Me” is an ode to memories of my youth spent in Korea that have long since faded — distorted with time, emotion, and longing. Scents, images, and objects that my mind has romanticized as the years I spend away from Korea grow longer.
Kaela Han is a self-taught artist living and working in San Francisco, California. She works primarily in graphite to create delicate, detailed works that explore the oftentimes intimate and complex subject of cultural identity.
For opening night only, we will also be presenting original works from Kaela’s grandfather, Ah-Jung.
Jung Yoon Chul (b. 1935), also known by artist name “Ah-Jung,” is a traditional Korean calligrapher and painter who currently resides in Bucheon, South Korea. He was strongly drawn to the beauty of Korean characters as a student in primary school and went on to pursue his interests in calligraphy at Sunkyunkwan University (Seoul, Korea), where he studied for 6 years while majoring in Suhyaekwa (traditional Korean writing/calligraphy). A vast majority of his works contain some combination of Suhyae (Korean characters), Hanmoon (Chinese characters), landscape imagery, or other motifs central to traditional Korean painting. He has won a variety of local competitions in Gyeonggi Do (province near Seoul) as well as being nominated for a number of national calligraphy competitions as well.
“Out of all the memories of Korea that I keep close, I cling to brief snippets spent with my grandfather the most - memories of sneaking into his room to peek at new paintings he might be working on or, under his guidance, practicing a rather primitive form of Suhyekwa. There was an unspoken understanding between us - an innate connection that was both inexplicable and effortless. This first exhibition of mine is dedicated to him; to the legacy he has passed down to me and for all of the times he sought to teach me the beauty in having pride in our culture — something that I now fully understand.”
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