Aaron Chung is an artist from San Francisco, California and the first generation of his family to be born and raised in the United States. Inspired by his upbringing filled with cultural disconnect and language barriers, Aaron explores the perception of identity, Korean symbolism, and calligraphy. His recent works exhibit imagery pulled from his parent’s dry cleaning business to explore themes of the immigrant diaspora.
Aaron traveled to South Korea as a Fulbright grantee and researched traditional painting techniques involving ink and mulberry paper. He also visited Japan to participate in Shiro Oni Artist Studio’s residency program. There he investigated Jun Ichiro Tanizaki's essay, In Praise of Shadows and embraced ideas like wabi-sabi, beauty in imperfection, and the use of light and shadows. Aaron has shown pieces in group exhibitions at Baltimore's Subbasement Artist Studios, Current Space, and galleries at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Internationally, he has exhibited at the Kana Art Festival in Japan and at the Topohaus Art Center and United Art Gallery in South Korea. He received his Bachelors of Fine Art at MICA as a painting major and art history minor in 2013 and is currently working at MoMA in addition to his studio practice in Brooklyn.
Photo Credit: Nora Truskey