Jan Kossen

Contemporary Art Gallery

Sienna Myoung Su Ko




Moment I

Artists Statement

In fairytales, it is possible to talk about right and wrong, good and evil and beauty and ugliness with a straight face. The real world, however, is more complicated; the real world cannot be described only in black and white. In my work, I am interested in the moment when two contrasting components coexist and balance each other. I am especially focused on tensions between perfection and imperfection, graphic aspects and painterly aspects, presence and absence and intention and accident. My uses of materials reflect my point of view about contradiction and balance. In my paintings, I use a combination of mixed media: acrylic paint including interference paint and fluorescent paint, varnish, iridescent wrap, traditional Korean paper, organza to explore texture, surface and color. In many of my paintings, I use a delicate and subtle color palette and play with gloss varnish and interference paints. With these materials, I create luminosity and visual complexity. My paintings are continuously shifting, depending on the amount of light they reflect and the viewer’s viewpoint: their height, angle or distance from the painting. As part of my interest in divergent properties, my work is painterly and graphic at the same time. To emphasize the graphic quality, I often use op art-like patterns, composed of geometrical elements: including dots, lines and shapes. One of my paintings, Moment I, reflects my idea of coexistence between polar opposites. In this piece, systematic lines and irregular lines create an illusionistic pattern. Moment I is intense, rigid and graphic from the distance, but closely, it is subtle, flawed and organic. My work has been built on the essential themes of human meaning: right or wrong, rules or chaos and perfection or imperfection. These opposite values are two sides of the same coin, and they always change depending on where you happen to be standing. Like my work, the world is made of the mingled patterns between polar opposites.