JIN SIL KIM
HUNG VIET NGUYEN
LA Artcore presents a three-person painting exhibit that examines the shifting role of perception and perspective within the contemporary landscape genre.
Los Angeles artist Jin Sil Kim’s paintings bring an Eastern-Asian conception of the landscape, forming a connection between both traditional and modern notions of landscape. Kim projects lotus flower imagery upon geometric, honey-comb-shaped canvases that suggest a relationship between religious plurality and technological advancement.
The cropped oil paintings of Los Angeles-based artist Victoria Loschuk explore the landscape through its relationship to photography resulting in tightly-cropped compositions that reflect viewers' subjective gaze. Loschuk's densely-worked paintings utilize subtly-shifting tonalities and explore relationships between color and light that emphasize a slow experience of looking.
The landscape paintings of Los Angeles artist Hung Viet Nguyen observe specimens in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine forest, an old-growth forest in Central California with trees over four-thousand years old. Though each specimen is centrally composed, Nguyen develops animated relationships between the foreground, middle ground, and background. Nguyen’s heavily built-up surfaces add sculptural dimension, while each section is stylistically compartmentalized. Nguyen’s paintings through their use of saturated pigments, visual contrast, and physicality express a fully-realized exploration of the creative process through the artist's ongoing involvement with this site.