Sola Yang: MFA Art Thesis Exhibition

From O
Opening reception: Feb 17, 6pm
Exhibition on view Feb 18 - 25
USC Roski Graduate Gallery



USC Roski School Graduate Building
1262 Palmetto Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013


About the Exhibition:

In From 0, Sola Yang expresses the ideas of intrinsic emotions and inherent characteristics of Koreans called jeong and han. 0 (zero) is pronounced as [yeong] in Korean, which means both zero and spirit. From 0, which is 영에서부터 in Korean, alludes to physical and mental restoration from the destruction and despair. Through her abstract depictions of cityscape and landscape, Yang explores a site of memories and a notion of inherited emotions of South Koreans. Encountering the memories of her family in Korea, she particularly delves into the aftermath of the traumas in Korea, including the Korean War (1950-1953), where she and her family contest memories of both past and present. Hovering between her own memories and imagination in both South Korea and the United States, Sola Yang artworks foster visual dialogues across generations, borders, and communities in different cultures. 


About the Artist:

Sola Yang is a Korean painter who portrays abstract representations of landscape and cityscape, elaborating on themes of life, place, and memory. Her paintings embrace both Korean historical events and her personal memories and imagination. Inspired by Korean ink calligraphy and Western postwar paintings, Yang utilizes expressive mark-makings and desaturated colors. She received a BA in Art and Art History from St. Lawrence University and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Southern California Roski School of Art and Design.