SOPHIA CHIZUCO, CHEMIN HSIAO, ROBERTO JAMORA, JI YONG KIM,LULU MENG, DAVID NAKABAYASHI, KAY SIRIKUL PATTACHOTE, KAMONCHANOK PHON-NGAM
July 8th, 2021 – August 8th, 2021
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, July 8th, 6pm–8pm
Gallery Hours: Fri-Sun, 1pm-6pm (and by appointment)
“Sentiment” is a group exhibition of watercolor paintings by Chemin Hsiao, mixed media work by David Nakabayashi, Ji Yong Kim, Kamonchanok Phon-ngam, Kay Sirikul Pattachote, Roberto Jamora, Sophia Chizuco and installations by Lulu Meng.
We are fortunate to have been able to continue working as artists throughout the pandemic. For this exhibition, we would like to present our “sentiment” works. Each artist stepped into a deeper level of mind and examination to create their works.
All participating artists are of Asian heritage and have unique points of view, respectively. These complex heritage and cultural backgrounds allow each artist to create artworks through the lens of their individual, and culturally collective, layers of thoughts and sentiments.
– Sophia Chizuco
Chemin Hsiao (Taiwan) is a visual artist based in Queens & Brooklyn (Chashama Studio Space), New York. In his artwork, he captures the personal emotions toward subjects or atmosphere, via the elusive connections from memories and cultural background. The method of watercolor painting serves as instant recorders for specific locations, events, people or ideas.
David Nakabayashi has a complex heritage, with connections to Japan, Hawaii, North America and Europe. It has let him build a romantic view of family, and be a part of many different families. While he has adapted aspects of all those cultures into his own life. He feels that ultimately he belongs completely to none of them. Thus, his life as an artist has been one of wandering, finding family that I know and adapting to new ones wherever he might meet them.
Ji Yong Kim was born and raised in South Korea. His works are often inspired from his experience from Myanmar where he spent his adolescent years. He is interested in the intersection of traditional images of Buddhist art and icons from contemporary popular culture. Use of symmetrical designs and patterns, Mandala-esque structure, gateways or entranceways used for spiritual contemplation are often featured in his artworks.
Kamonchanok Phon-ngam Kamonchanok Phon-ngam is a Thai artist living in New York City. She earned her BFA from Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi in 2008 and completed her MFA fromKing Mongkut’s Insititute of Technology Ladkrabang in 2013 in Bangkok,Thailand.Her comprehensive approach to artwork utilizes both mixed-media specialized in fabric and examines existence between Eastern and Western cultures.
Kay Sirikul Pattachote is a Thailand-born New York artist and designer. She earned her BFA from Silipakorn University of Art and Design (Bangkok). Her artwork is inspired by nature, where she draws upon memories and the experiences of her surroundings in everyday life. The ephemeral quality of life and matter is a central theme in her work. Through her paintings, she attempts to record and preserve certain memories and impressions that highlight the potential good that lies in everyone and everything.
Lulu Meng Lulu Meng (Taiwan) questions what it is to be an individual living in a modern society and what connects people. Switching career path from chemical engineering to costume design, having lived and worked in different cities and countries, Meng currently lands in New York City as an artist. Through her conceptual based practice, Meng actualizes her reflection toward the push and pull between an individual’s tendency to be unique and the coexisting longing to belong to a community.
Roberto Jamora‘s (Philippino American) painting series are titled An Inventory of Traces. Each gradient is a vignette of an experience, place, or person. He attempts to commit important events in his life to memory via painting. He mined color from memory, photos, interviews with immigrant artists and writers, and artifacts from his family. Paint mixed with either cold wax or pumice medium is swiped across the canvas to conceal extraneous possibilities and to limit sentimentality.
Sophia Chizuco was born and raised in the countryside of Japan surrounded by mountains, green tea fields, rice fields, a river, the Pacific Ocean and lots of sunshine. Influenced by organic materials and nature. She draws lines and shapes mimicking natural elements and life such as the wind, plants and the ocean. She draws circle shapes as energy flow, life, light, peace and spirit.
More information about the artwork can be found at FLATFILE.gallery https://flatfile.gallery/gallery-category/sentiment/