Kay Hwang

A certain tension has always existed between my work as an artist and my perceptions about art in general. I often wish nostalgically for a world in which art provides models for life; where it describes a rational, compassionate cycle of relationship - citizenship, society, love and humanity. In such a Utopian world, I imagine art might breathe easier and convey more to humankind.

Art itself seems resistant to this (or any other) idealism. My work, however, especially this recent series of drawings, tries to explore a balanced role for art through meditative unclouded visual language. In these drawings, I use abstracted forms existing without reference to specific states of being - their vocabulary is built from a desire for coolness, geometry, and repose. Though formally abstract, the drawings seek psychological balance between two worlds, one based on logical and rhythmic mechanics, and another on the effervescence of freedom.