Su Kwak’s Cosmic Light Series at the June Kelly Gallery
166 Mercer Street, Soho, New York City
Opening: Thursday, March 17, 6 – 8pm
March 17 – April 16, 2016


From “Fiat Lux: the Art of Su Kwak”

“Light has been the subject of Korean-born Su Kwak’s paintings from the beginning of her more than three decades of artistic endeavor, both as natural phenomenon and as a metaphor for the spiritual and ineffable.

Her production is extremely personal, as she is quick to point out, even if its themes are eschatological, visionary. In many ways, her paintings function as a meditation and a prayer, a talisman and an offering, a deeply felt search for meaning and spiritual redemption through art…The spaces that she creates in her work encompass the poetic, conceptual measures of Asian landscape paintings.

“One of the artist’s many strengths, which includes a rare, non-ironic sincerity, is her ability to shift from small to great, to make a stream or a river the equivalent of a starstudded galaxy, sparkling with light, reminding us that we are all stardust.”

— Lilly Wei
New York-based critic, writer, and independent curator
From the catalogue essay for a traveling exhibition to the Brauer Museum of Art & the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (2012 to 2013)