Korean Environmental Contemporary Art Exhibit Opens at the Muck

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center’s latest exhibit “Nestle into Nature: Movements Seeking Balance,” opened August 16 for private viewing. The exhibit seeks to unfurl the complexities of the natural world and forge an understanding of the connection between nature and identity.

The exhibit is composed of the works of 8 Korean artists, all of whom immigrated to the United States. The exhibiting artists are Ji Young Oh, Jin Sil Kim, Peggy Lee, Yoon Chung Kim, Koo Jah Kim, Young Shin Kim, Young Ku Park, and Soojung Park.

Guest curator Sunook Park, a professor in CSULB’s School of Art, has chosen each artist for their unique perspectives of the Earth, its landscapes, and what it means to be Korean. The artists explore concepts such as morality/movement, technology/tradition, and deconstruction/harmony in relation to the Earth and how they choose to embrace their cultural lens in that experience.

Although each piece in the show is a story of its own, when viewed together they encapsulate a shared reflection on identity.

“Nestle into Nature: Movements Seeking Balance” will be on view from August 17 to October 9. The exhibit will be available for private 15-minute viewings for groups of no more than 4 people with a $5 entry fee. Visitors must wear a mask and make a reservation online before coming to the gallery.

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