Art Gallery – Yireh Elaine Kwak – Week 3

Conflicting Landscapes: Harmony and Discordance

During this week, I had the assignment to interview an artist and view her gallery. The artist I decided to interview was Yireh Elaine Kwak and her gallery was called Conflicting Landscapes: Harmony and Discordance. Just by the title, the viewers of the paintings can have an idea of what to expect on the artist’s gallery. Most of the paintings had landscapes of construction, but other paintings had nature, key words “harmony and discordance”. 

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From the pictures, it reveals how landscapes can be so different yet they can be from the same area. There is nature showing its beauty in the colors and textures, while the other paintings of construction have darker colors with a industrial like tone to them. The gallery fulfills its purpose to show its conflicting differences. 

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 Yireh Elaine Kwak was the artist of the week for me, and I can honestly say she was energetic and enthusiastic about her work. Since she was little, she has always been interested in art and enjoyed drawing and learning about it. She started painting about five years ago when she decided to take a new path in art. 

“My work is inspired by my home, looking at the trees and golf courses. It shows an ideal landscape and nature” Kwak wanted to show nature in her gallery while showing common landscapes of construction and rural cities. Kwak explained how during her time painting she switch from painting on a canvas to paper because she needed to take a break. According to her, painting on paper is easier to control than painting on a canvas. She did not want to stress over one painting so she switched back and forth to keep the harmony going. 

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A Conversation

This week, I had the opportunity to interview a fellow classmate Nathan Baldonado. He is a film major who dorms in hillside even though his hometown is Cerritos, about a 15 minute drive. He is also a freshman who got his love for film from high school when he decided to take the film class of cinematography. At first he was a child development major but since he always had a love for film, his friends convinced him to switch his major. 

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