Artist Residency and Exhibition:
January 12 – February 24, 2018
A Tale of Two Shores
South Bay Contemporary
Portuguese Bend, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Contact: 310 429 0973 Peggy Sivert Zask, Director
February 8 – 23 Sudrak Khongpuang: A Tale of Two Shores, Residency & Exhibition
ZASK STUDIO: Guests are welcome by appointment to visit and observe the artist at Zask Studios in Portuguese Bend, Sundays – Wednesdays (call 310 429 0973 to arrange visit) Feb 8 – 23
SoLA GALLERY: Guests are welcome to visit and observe the artist at work at SoLA Gallery on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm. Feb 8 – 23
RECEPTION AT SoLA GALLERY:
A reception for the exhibition will be held February 24, 4-7 pm.
South Bay Contemporary SoLA Gallery is located at 3718 W. Slauson Ave. in Los Angeles.
A Tale of Two Shores, Residency & Exhibition
With a vivid visual memory and oil colors in various earthy shades, Thai artist Sudrak Khongpuang approaches her canvas, intent on creating the lush landscape that has brought her happiness since childhood. She devoted the first six years of her career to discovering the medium and content that she produces now: surreal displays of nature with a vibrancy and attentiveness akin to viewing the world with young eyes. But she visits California from Thailand for a residency and exhibition with South Bay Contemporary SoLA Gallery to explore her skills, adopt new concepts, and, of course, acquire more memories to tap for inspiration.
“Both Ben [Zask] and I work with found objects in order to not consume so much,” said Peggy Sivert Zask, South Bay Contemporary SoLA Gallery executive director. “Sudrak has been influenced by that attitude, so rather than do sculpture, since she’s a painter, she’s taking found objects and painting on them, dimensionalizing the format she’s painting on.”
A Tale of Two Shores: Residency and Exhibition will express the connections and differences between Thailand and California, namely those that unite and separate them in nature. Khongpuang seeks discovery and practice in conveying LA’s arid landscape of blue and brown, a stark contrast to tropical green and yellow treetops in her work of Thailand.
In her temporary studio at Zask Studios in Portuguese Bend, Khongpuang has the rear casing of a guitar, front and back of a cello, a galvanized washboard, and a charcoal fire starter lined up for projects. On a painted canvas, a bird of paradise flower is set against a cloudy sky outlined in black, with deep blue lines running over the petals. Khongpuang holds a small wooden frame against the right corner with smooth beach stones inside showing how the piece will develop as she works. The story captured in this piece, she explains, originated from passing abundant birds of paradise flowers on a path to tide pools in Rancho Palos Verdes, where she observed seagulls on ocean shore rocks.
“I think an artist is a narrator,” said Khongpuang. “I want to get everything I meet every day, every impression I feel in my heart, and I want to express it through my art. Artists need to feel in themselves and their artwork in order to show it to other people.”
Khongpuang feels happiness when surrounded by nature, which she paints in hopes her audience will also feel happiness. Her simple unadulterated depictions of trees and bodies of water are juxtaposed to recent trends in competitive American art of expressive angst and rebellion. She maintains a disciplined focus on capturing joy through her artwork and attributes this guidance to her late father. Through the residency, she has implemented her surroundings and practices merging her feeling with the different elements, never losing sight of optimism while straying from her comfort zone.
Khongpuang will continue her residency at Portuguese Bend (visitors welcome by appointment: please call 310-429-0973) and will begin work at South Bay Contemporary SoLA Gallery starting February 8. Once at SoLA Gallery, guests are welcome to visit and observe the artist at work on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm. A reception for the exhibition will be held February 24, 4-7pm. South Bay Contemporary SoLA Gallery is located at 3718 W. Slauson Ave. in Los Angeles.
Sivert Zask aims to host an interstate or international month-long artist-in-residence every two years at the gallery commonly referred to as SBC SoLA. The experience is consistent with the non-profit’s education mission and is designed for a dedicated, mid-career artist with a thorough portfolio and strong professional recommendation.
(interview written by Alyssa Wynne)
Meeson Pae Yang
Residency and Exhibition at SoLA Gallery
July – August 2017
Meeson will be in SBC SoLA Gallery for the month of June 2017 working on art that will be for her solo exhibition in August 2017. She will be working on large ink paintings on mylar and canvas to start, then moving on to installations and sculptures. She plans to work at SoLA 4-5 days a week and the Gallery will be open to public to meet and talk to the artist on Wednesdays 10 am – 4pm through June.
Meeson Pae Yang Statement
The work explores the convergence of science, technology and mythology into a thickly layered stratum of images and objects reflecting systems within nature. Intersections and parallels in systems become unfolding metaphors and imagery to dissect and explore. Much of the work begins by extracting simple elements and then expanding, repeating, and extending these components into transmuted conglomerations.
The process of the work involves a methodical collecting of artifacts, images, and sounds to synthesize and compress into expansive visual fields. Working in a variety of media from painting, video, sculpture and installation, each medium is a tool to process natural phenomena from the microscopic to the macroscopic.
BIO: Meeson Pae Yang was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She received her B.F.A in 2002 from the University of California Los Angeles and an M.FA from the California State University of Long Beach in 2014. Yang’s solo exhibitions and projects have been shown internationally and nationally at Galerie Kashya Hildebrand (Zurich, Switzerland), ArtHK (Hong Kong, China), ARCO (Madrid, Spain), Contemporary Istanbul (Istanbul, Turkey), Peter Millard & Partners (London, UK), Artertain (Seoul, South Korea), LAUNCHLA (Los Angeles, CA), and Angels Gate Cultural Center (San Pedro, US). Her group exhibitions include FuXin Gallery (Shanghai & Miami), Galerie Agentur 162 (Essen, Germany), Art 1307 (Naples, Italy), Eli Klein Fine Art (New York, NY), Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA), and Harvard University’s Carpenter Center (Cambridge, MA).
Properties (Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission), LAX International Airport (Department of Cultural Affairs), Ontario Airport (Department of Cultural Affairs), and Mobile Exhibits (Arts Council for Long Beach. Yang has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, Art Ltd Magazine, Vice:The Creators Project, Theme Magazine, New Scientist, the Korea Times, and the Los Angeles Times.
Sustainable Art Workshop for all ages!
September 10, 11:00 – 1:00 2016 pm at the LOFT
Join Curator, Tracey Weiss, along with Peggy Sivert Zask and Elizabeth Kniesley to create your own sustainable art using materials we provide or bring along your own post consumer waste (paper, cardboard, slides, plastic bottles, plastic bags, fabric remnants etc). All ages are welcome.
Past Student workshops
SKYLINE: Student art workshops, May 20, 2016
Cabrillo Avenue Elementary School visits South Bay Contemporary, Susan Hadeshi, 2nd grade classroom teacher, Ben Zask, Curator and Art Instructor