Opening Reception Friday, April 4 from 6-9pm
In a series of paintings that explore the transient nature of memories and landscapes, Sunny Ra’s contemplative work exists in an abstruse space between memory and reality. The issues of memory and landscapes are connected in the artist’s mind because of her Korean heritage. Born and raised in America, the artist worries about losing her connection to her parent’s culture. Her art is a place where her personal and ancestral history merges. Each piece in this series marks a moment in Ra’s journey; a journey the artist is compelled to revisit.
Presented by the Louisville Visual Art Association, Nightscapes is a curated exhibition and the first solo exhibition for Louisville artist Sunny Ra. The artist graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. Ra holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Hunter College in New York City.
Gallery Talk Thursday, April 17 from 6-7pm at PUBLIC
Sunny Ra will talk about the work in “Nightscapes”at PUBLIC, 2nd & Main. This event is FREE and begins at 6:00pm.
Sunny Ra, Artist Statement
My work is based on the transient nature of memories, the way they randomly make their way into the present and how they can plunge me back into that specific moment. I am interested in the details of these memories, those parts that have been forgotten and those that have been kept. Memories shift and change over time as my recollections of the past become more obscure and scattered by succeeding events. The growing distance between me and those past memories contribute to their increasingly elusive and evocative existence.
The issue of memories and their role in one’s past or one’s history leads me to discover a connection between memory and the landscape. Landscape, specifically in America, has often been seen as representing a journey, an in-between space, a place of contemplation. Similarly, memories are a kind of map of one’s journey that marks specific experiences in one’s life. Memories also exist in this in-between space due to their incomplete recollection as well as the increasingly distant location to the present. When I think about landscape, especially the open road, I find it suggests that somehow the idea of destiny is involved. The open road suggests a kind of journey where one has the freedom to experience life in the vastness of the landscape. From this view, each of my works mark a moment in my journey that I am driven to revisit.PUBLIC 131 W. Main Street Louisville, KY 40202