Today's Art on Ashland artist marries the complex traditions of two cultural meccas: Korea and Chicago. Suk Ja Kang is one half of Cat von Kang Gallery and will be exhibiting there as part of our art walk on November 7. You can check out the gallery's website here and its facebook page here.
Suk Ja Kang immigrated to the United States from South Korea two decades ago, and has been active as an artist and curator ever since. She has exhibited throughout the United States since 1994, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants. She earned a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Georgia, and an MFA in Painting from the University of Illinois. Her most recent works draw upon the rich artistic traditions of Korea but are also inspired by the bright colors and frenetic energy of the street art and culture of Chicago. This synthesis is evident in her diverse materials which include rice paper, Sumi ink, spray paint, gold leaf, acrylics, and cosmetics.