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AS IS | MinKi Kang


From Korea

We talked with fascinating Minki Kang about his art journey, nature of the inspiration, ways to look at art, things to change, and much more

A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art?

M: My name is Minki Kang, I work under the theme of <steel painting>. I work in the meaning of “sculpting a painting” and compose a three-dimensional painting by attaching a brush-touch unit to a three-dimensional space. I work to express human emotions through color. Art was the means of expression I wanted to get to know myself and express myself through life.

A: What inspires you the most?

M: Living in the present time, we are greatly influenced by many visual creations and design elements in the media, and many colors around us.

A: Do you have any special rituals while working?

M: I am in the studio 10 - 12 hours daily. Because I get a lot of inspiration from sitting idle and thinking about my work before going to bed and in the morning in the studio. It seems to be a special ritual to sit idly and concentrate on the thoughts of the work (sitting and waiting for the inspiration to come).

A: What would you recommend to someone new to art (an artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?

M: The direction of the work I pursue is “painting-like sculpture” and “sculptural painting”.

It does not belong to one genre, painting or sculpture, but combines these two elements, breaks the boundaries of genres, and brings colorful colors to human emotions.

It is used as element of the expression to show various emotions that humans feel while living in various colors. So the genre of work, I think it would be good to look at it with interest in the method of expressing various colors with the technical characteristics and colors.

A: What are your top 3 adjectives related to art?

M: Various, Touching, Emotional.

A: The best angle to look at art is from ..?

M: Art, regardless of genre, allows artists to express the stories they want to tell and the images they want to share through visual narratives.

I think of it as a of meanings of expressions through elements. You need an inclusive attitude to see the results and project yourself into them - to think about how this artist might have made this work, and to have time to think about it from various angles. After that, I think that attitude can be viewed with positive or critical thinking about this work - it's a good angle to look at art.

A: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is:.?

M: Tolerant attitude and the tendency of one's favorite work

A: If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?

M: Closer accessibility for more diverse people to see and enjoy works of art (popularization of various arts).

A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art).

M: "Suaviter in modo, fortiter in Re" ( from Latin)

Pleasantly in manner, powerfully indeed

Thank you!

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