Young Joon Kwak: Mutant Salon: Who Are Worth Our Love

University Park Campus

Gayle & Ed Roski MFA Gallery
Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
3001 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007 

Gallery hours Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm  


Young Joon Kwak, Mutant Salon: Who Are Worth Our Love

Artist Reception: Friday March 14, 6-9pm

Am I pretty, daddy?

No; your worst fears about yourself are true.  So then, the ideal truth is beauty but the truth about me is ugly.  Our project is to turn the monster.  Turn into, turn out, turn around.  And attack the grid with the incalculability of muck, ooze, fluids.  Monstrous monstrosity, monster, monsterate, demonsterate, remonsterate.  We are not born monsters, one becomes it.  The becoming monster is howling, calling to face the ideologies and affects that frame them, carve us.  It’s the call to recognize who are worth our love: those with the capacity to recognize that we our worth our weight in love.

(text by Lily Robert-Foley)


Mutant Salon: Who Are Worth Our Love will present new sculpture, photo, video, and performance work by artist Young Joon Kwak, in addition to offering attendees haircuts and other beauty treatments.  Kwak performs in the band Xina Xurner, and runs Mutant Salon in Los Angeles.  Kwak received their BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MA in Humanities at the University of Chicago.

The USC Roski School of Art and Design MFA Thesis Exhibitions take the form of seven consecutive solo presentations in the MFA gallery. Each student exhibition will be on view for one week. Individual artist receptions will be noted.

Exhibitions and receptions are held in the IFT building. Parking is available along Figueroa and Flower Streets as well as on 30th Street where metered. Parking also available at the Shrine Auditorium (700 32nd Street at Shrine Place).