Muckenthaler Showcases Korean American Artists and More With ‘Embrace’ Exhibit

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton presented a steady pace of art exhibits that showcased the best local and global artistic talent. From May 5 to July 3, they present “Embrace – 2022 KAWAA Annual Exhibition” organized by the Korean American Women’s Artist Alliance. This exhibit is curated by Cal State Long Beach faculty member Sunook Park and features a slew of contemporary artists, some based in Korea and others living locally.

The curator’s statement reads: “This exhibition features 11 Korean artists and 15 guest artists. The exhibition proposes to foster the harmonious coexistence of diverse cultures working and living in Los Angeles. Through this exhibition, KAWAA (Korean-American Women’s Artist Alliance) wishes to express a renewed sense of community as a symbolic gesture to embrace differences and participate in building an active and compassionate unity.

Sculptures by Young Shin Kim and Marsha Judd. Photo by David Olivares.

This exhibition celebrates the diversity of our artistic community, as well as a wide range of emotional and personal expression through the use of different mediums, including ceramics, diptychs and triptychs, acrylic on canvas, framed sculptures wood, textiles and photography.

All the works share personal voices clearly defined by their artists, whether they are abstract compositions, everyday objects or vivid realistic representations.

“Three Sisters” by Mark Steven Greenfield is a vibrant and energetic acrylic piece that visually explodes in different directions.

Koojah Kim’s “Music of the Spheres L #1” takes a wonderfully innovative, Kandinsky-esque approach to a multimedia piece with three-dimensional accents on the picture plane.

‘Music of the Spheres L #1 by Koojah Kim. Photo by David Olivares.

Muckenthaler curator Lisa M. Berman said accessibility was one of the most unifying details of all the artwork in the exhibit — not necessarily price, but size and portability. of all works. Unlike the large-scale Renaissance frescoes of the past or the massive abstract paintings that typically hang on museum walls, most, if not all, of the paintings were designed to be around 30 inches or less in width.

Close-up on Mark Steven Greenfield’s “Three Sisters”. Photo by David Olivares.

The Muckenthaler has hosted numerous art exhibits in the past, ranging from an annual showcase of various artwork by local Fullerton high school students to a long-term shipwreck photography project by Italian photographer Stefano Benazzo. Prior to the current “Embrace” exhibit, the Muckenthaler previously hosted “Into the Bonnieverse,” a gallery of iconic celebrity photographs by photographer Bonnie Shiffman.

In addition to visual art showcases, the Muckenthaler hosts world-class musical performances, lively family events and local festivals. For more information on the Muckenthaler Cultural Center and its upcoming events, visit www.themuck.org.

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