This Friday night, we unveiled Threads & Pigments, a group exhibition of nine Korean-American artists who have been living and working in the United States. Their artworks embody diverse and dynamic philosophies that depict using materials such as colorful pigments and stitched threads that symbolize diversity and represent a connection between cultures.
“Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the U.S. And Koreans are the fastest-growing ethnic group in Queens,” says our Teaching Artist, Stephanie Lee, who curated the exhibition. “With the K-Wave trend, Korean Pop music and entertainment programs became popular among the young generation of U.S. However, not many contemporary Korean visual art has been introduced in Queens.
The works were created by Dong Kyu Kim, Jake Seo, Jayoung Yoon, Jeong Min Park, Kyung Han Kim, Stephanie S. Lee, Sueim Koo, Sui Park, and Wonju Seo.
“It is essential to understand other cultures while living in a multi-ethnic environment. And art is one of the effective way to understand and adopt different culture. Exhibiting one of the popular cultures in a form of visual art in the historical building near main street Flushing will help both the general public and younger generations to have a new cultural experience that transcends language and race. Exposed to high-quality art introducing a new perspective will enrich the audience,” she says.
“With a project like this, I hope the audience in Queens and beyond can be more open to other cultures and step forward to accept and understand differences and aware values in cultures they didn’t know before.”
You can enjoy the exhibition through September 29. The Gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 5:00 PM, and weekdays by appointment. The suggested contribution is $5.