Event Details

Location: Tucson, AZ

(Cornell, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2012)

June 19th – July 31st, 2017 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

June 23rd 2:30 PM – 4:30PM (Opening Reception)
at Lionel Rombach Gallery in the School of Art of the University of Arizona
1031 N Olive Rd, Room 108, Tucson

(The School of Art is located at the SE corner of Park Ave. and Speedway Blvd.  The Lionel Rombach gallery is in the Joseph Gross building across from the College of Landscape Architecture and adjacent to the UA Museum of Art.  Parking is available on 2nd St. east of Park Ave. or in the parking garage at the NE corner of Speedway and Park.)

“Venturing Sanity” June 19th  – July 31st, 2017.  Jacob Paik
The exhibition “Venturing Sanity: Furthest Reach of Reason” features artworks that invite viewers into a realm of psychological transcendence through breaking up the logical set of rules of geometry and common understanding of space.   The showcased artworks are expressed in geometrical abstraction with a subtle hint of realism to engage viewers to draw connection from their lives to abstracted shapes and colors of the works.  The artworks are created during last two years since Jacob moved to Arizona from New Jersey.

Jacob Paik is an artist who specializes in creating geometrical abstract painting on structurally shaped canvas.  He is interested in depicting the depth of human mind using geometry as a tool to decode human reasoning and its inner implication of human desire to situate ourselves within the universe.  His experience as an only child in the fast-developing and highly competitive country, South Korea, in the 90’s where social norms and expectations were prioritized over individuality led Paik to revolt and reject conventional form of canvas and representation of reality altogether.   He has a bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University, where he graduated with Post-Baccalaureate Award and the Elsie Dinsmore Popkins Memorial Painting Award.  Since then, he has shown internationally in Italy and Korea, and had his first solo exhibition in New York City in 2014.  Recently, the Cosmos House Foundation in South Korea has acquired his work.  Paik has moved to Tucson, Arizona in 2015, and been much influenced by the landscape of American southwest.