Members showcases 2024 in Mills Pond gallery
Showcases provide a platform to celebrate and recognize the creative talents of the members. It's a way to acknowledge and showcase the diverse artistic expressions within the community.
Member showcases are multifaceted events that contribute to the growth, appreciation, and interconnectedness of artistic communities. They create a positive and inspiring environment that benefits both the artists and the audience involved.
This year's Member Artist celebrates creativity...please share in your artist statement a few sentences about how
The Member Showcase held every year by the gallery where I am a member and the Smithtown Art Council is a group exhibition where you can see a variety of materials, techniques, philosophies, concepts, etc. This competition is not judged on a specific topic, but the gallery member can submit one piece of work. Maybe that's why I think this show case is more interesting.
The works I submit to this contest are more experimental. I don't care if it sells or doesn't sell, and I present it as something I believe I created experimentally without any restrictions during my work life, without stressing about prize money or judging.
So, I have selected the works below for 2024.
A "dreamy garden" typically refers to a garden that evokes a sense of enchantment, tranquility, and fantasy. It goes beyond the ordinary and aims to create a magical or ethereal atmosphere.
The thing I remember most from my childhood was the pretty pink Morning Glory. This flower is not common these days, but when I was young, I could often see morning glory on the street.
In our younger years, we can focus more on the beauty around us. Children feel happier than any rich person in the world in beautiful scenes, nature, and animals. This is children's privilege.
For me, Morning Glory is the symbol of dreams and happiness in my childhood. And I picked up a brush to express this feeling and inspiration. But at some point, I realized that the brush was too heavy to paint my childhood heart, which was as light and fun as a balloon. So I decided to pick up a balloon. Then apply acrylic paint to the top of the balloon. And I stamped my childhood dreams like a footprint on a white piece of paper.
When I was a child, Korea was not a shiny, modern, stylish, wealthy country like it is now. It was a country with a lot of love, morning glory blooming easily even on one of the streets of Seoul. The scenes that evoke my nostalgia while living abroad are always frozen in time.
With this in mind, I created Morning Glory from my childhood's memories. Looking back, those days were golden times. Of course, my childhood was not as happy as this dream-like beautiful picture. There was a time when I was poor, sad, and difficult. However, I am grateful that my childhood was beautifully imprinted with Morning Glory.
How great would it be if art played such a role in life? To me, art is like morning glory. So, I want to take a photo of my Morning Glory and show it to the world.
It serves as a reminder that, like morning glories, art has the power to bloom even in the quietest corners of our lives, adding a touch of enchantment to our shared human experience.
John Dewey, an influential American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer, made significant contributions to the philosophy of education. His ideas on experiential learning and the role of aesthetics in education can be connected to the relationship between childhood memories of art as an experience.
John Dewey emphasized the importance of experiential learning, where learning is not just about acquiring information but involves active engagement with one's environment. He considered art as a form of experience that engages the senses, emotions, and intellect. Childhood memories of art are often rich with sensory experiences—the feel of paint on fingers, the vibrant colors, the textures of different materials. These sensory engagements contribute to a holistic and meaningful encounter with art, aligning with Dewey's view that experiences are not isolated but interconnected.
Exposure to art during childhood plays a role in enriching their experiences aesthetically.
Statement for The Dreamy Garden!
Myungja Anna Koh