"Ruminations"Friday May 2, 2014 - Saturday May 31, 2014
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As a child, if something bothered me I would draw it on a piece of paper and then erase it or tear it up. I didn’t need to show anyone, I just needed to get it out. This became my rumination.
I hoped that if I slept and woke up, all would be reset to normal. I implored my mind a long time ago, but bad memories stayed. Sometimes they would recede, but they always returned, like waves that come and go. It is difficult to forget things when I try hard. Eventually I realized that I needed to absorb them and live with them somehow.
I have been photographing chalkboards recently. It is enthralling - this erasable object that has had many people’s thoughts and ideas layered upon it. I, too, write what comes to my mind on chalkboards and then erase them, following the process of my childhood ruminations. Sometimes, when you come across a chalkboard, you can make out some words or letters which spark your imagination. This has a parallel to how people’s personal memories affect the way they look at landscape photos.
Last winter, I traveled to the place where my father grew up. I had many chances to photograph there, however I wasn’t ready for a long time as the area carried many poignant memories. This time, gazing at the familiar view that is always in my memory, I found I was ready for it. That scenery that had remained unchanged all this time allowed me to realize the sad and sweet memories I associated with it are things of the past. By photographing these sceneries and seeing them as objects, I realized that it had become another rumination for me.
Chalkboards and landscapes are related to each other though it may not be explicit. The rumination process behind them both is what connects these images; the idea of how things carry history with them, and how our perceptions are affected. These images are the records of this process.
2010 Tosei Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY, U.S.A
Group Show, Dio Art Center, Saul, Korea
Group Show, “Surface of Window” Kyoto International Center, Kyoto, Japan
Kingwood Art Gallery, Houston TX, U.S.A
“Wishing Tree” in Central Park supported by LMCC, New York NY, U.S.A
“Less is More” Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, TX, U.S.A
New York/New England/New Talent 2005, Hampton Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, U.S.A
Sara Gris Art Gallery, New York, NY, U.S.A
Galeria Galou, Williamsburg-Brooklyn, NY Juror: Yucef Merhi, Mariano Del Rosario and Claire Weiss
Grabado sin Fronteras/Printmaking Without Borders, The Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco,CA, Estamaperi’ a Quitena, Quito, Ecuador, National Museum of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus
BMG ENTERTAINMENT, NEUBERGER BERMAN, GETMUSIC & GEN ART "ANNOUNCE NATIONAL VISUAL ARTS SEARCH" BMG Entertainment, NY, U.S.A
Blur Magazine, Zagreb, Croatia
Young SCMP Newspaper, Hong Kong, March 2008, Page E8
Art Commentary, Yomiuri February 26, 2008
The Knitting Circle Shows Its Chic, New York Times Thursday Style, July 12,2007
"Westhampton Exhibition Explodes Canal Prejudice" Southampton Press,
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Onoma, Fiskars Finland 2007
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