Back in 2019, I was fortunate to have been able to participate in The 25th KCCLA Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition at the Korean Culture Center Los Angeles. I was 1 of 4 chosen out of 64 applicants to showcase my artwork at this yearly exhibition. It has been a dream of mine to be recognized by the Korean Government and represent a small part of Korea History; specifically for adoptees. For many years, I created artwork that highlight the adoptee experience. Moreover, I wanted Koreans to understand that Korean Adoptees have played a huge role in the development of South Korea since the Korean War truce in 1953. Hundreds of thousands of Korean Adoptees have been adopted out of the country for over 60 years. The main show piece is one of my most prized art pieces, "The Gyopo Experience," which features 58 individual Korean Adoptees via their case photo as well as over 200 definition contributions from other adoptees. I am proud to say that this art piece was used as the main centerpiece for promoting this exhibition, as I was the only Korean artist in the lineup. Below are some newspaper articles promoting the exhibition.
- Title : Four Artists 'Nature, Line & Life'
- Date : May 31 - June 20, 2019
- Place : Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles Art Gallery
- Artists: Caleb Yee, David D'Agostino, Karrie Ross, Valerie Wilcox
(Artist Karrie Ross also wrote an article on the event, as a participating artist)
I would like to give a shoutout to my good friend, Nikki (@nikki_often), for letting me know about this exhibition! This experience would not have been possible if it weren't for her encouraging me to pursue this opportunity!