We are pleased to introduce 오간색 (Ogansaek), the third volume in a collaborative artist series featuring hanji, the paper of Korea. Working with the theme of ogansaek (violet, teal, ochre, green, and burnt orange)—colors blended from the five traditional Korean colors known as obangsaek (red, white, black, blue, and yellow)—we invited five Korean American artists to this project as a way to explore contemporary themes of diasporic culture and historic symbols found in East Asian philosophy. Each artist received an ogansaek color and enough hanji to produce a series of 10″h x 8″w prints, which are shown below.
The five prints are bound together in a book, which measures 10”h x 8 5/8”w x 5/8”d and comes in a custom archival phase box. It will premiere at at the CODEX IX International Book Fair from February 4-7, 2024. The edition size is 30, of which 23 are for sale. Each of the five prints is also available for individual sale in a limited edition of 15.
For pre-orders or other inquiries, please contact us.
祥遇 상우 Sang-woo
Sun Young Kang is a Korean artist currently based in Western New York. She creates physical and metaphorical spaces, incorporating various dimensions and metaphors associated with each material that she chooses.
Kang is a recipient of the NEA-funded UAH Contemporary Art Fellowship, the West Collection LIFTS Grant and Acquisition Award, NYFA/NYSCA Fellowship, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. She has held numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally at venues including Whanki Museum, Seoul, Korea; Nanchizi Museum, Beijing, China; Queens Museum, NY; Pennsylvania State Museum, PA; Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, WA, and Yi Gallery, NY. Her work can be found in numerous museums and libraries’ special collections. Kang holds her MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and her BFA in Korean Painting from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea.
rite of passage
Photopolymer etching with chine collé and screen print
HyeYoon Song is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in print, painting, and sculpture residing between the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Born in South Korea and experiencing migration to New Zealand and the United States, her work finds its roots in the narrative of migration and the role of the Asian diaspora to chronicle the evolving perceptions of nationhood and cultural identity. Through writing, research, and studio practice, her work examines the account of collective and personal nostalgia, defamiliarizing her own experiences of the present moment. Compelled by the intersection of arts, education, and the impact created in enacting social changes, her practice extends into designing project-based curriculum integrating technical skills to equip young people to exercise their voice and power. She currently holds a position as an adjunct professor in the Printmedia department at the California College of the Arts and Protest + Print lead instructor at Girls Garage. HyeYoon obtained a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the California College of the Arts.
At the Center of the Universe
Julia Chon, better known by her artist name Kimchi Juice, is a Washington DC-based artist and muralist. Chon’s work explores the relationship between cultural tradition and its effects on generational identity and the decisions Asian Americans make to form their identities. With a prominent Korean aesthetic in each piece, Chon merges her ancestry and traditions with the contemporary to convey the nuances of the Korean diaspora.
As Chon’s work makes its way from canvas to large-scale murals, these intimate portraits take center stage in an urban environment. Her murals can be found internationally and her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Washington DC, Los Angeles, CA and Miami, FL. Chon’s clients and collaborations include NASA, Apple, the Korean Cultural Center, and the Phillips Collection, among others. Chon was featured in the HBO docuseries, Take Out with Lisa Ling.
Rochelle Youk works across media to craft objects informed by her heritage as the American daughter of immigrants from Japan and Korea. Labor intensive paintings, drawings, and sculptures examine the history between Asia and the United States through the lens of cultural traditions, especially folk crafts. She uses non-traditional materials like plexiglass, and cigarettes to examine how visual traditions are shared, exchanged, and used to form identity.
Her work has been shown widely across the San Francisco Bay area including at the Berkeley Art Center, where she is also a member of the Program Committee. After receiving an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010, Youk completed a bookbinding apprenticeship at letterpress publisher, the Arion Press, where she currently manages the bindery. She also works as a freelance bookbinder for local artists and publishers, and serves on the steering committee of the Korean American Artist Collective.
Linoleum block print
Robert Choe-Henderson is a gay Korean American artist and educator from Orlando, Florida. Inspired by the resiliency of the Asian diaspora across fine arts, craft, and book cultures, Robert uses his training in traditional East Asian papermaking and book arts to explore ethnic and gender dynamics within Asian American identity, connecting Korean roots to American jadedness. His mission is to promote and teach the rich histories of Korean craft as part of a small handful of hanji instructors in the United States.
Robert is a development committee member of the Korean American Artist Collective (KAAC), finding his community among other Korean American artists and art workers in search for social change and justice. He holds a BFA in Studio Arts from Western Carolina University, and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. Exhibited globally and housed in private and public collections, his most recent accolades include the Spring 2023 Artist-in-Residence at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith and a 2023 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.