Los Angeles, b.1954

Jae H. Hahn

Artist Statement

Is it possible that a square peg can be a round peg? Yes, I dream of a world in which there won’t be any conflict between circle and square at least in my paintings of squares. As soon as I started to connect the various shapes of squares, amazing new 3D forms were created. The field of squares were shaped as curved as a globe and as dynamic as organic creatures. The forms I could create with all these squares were unlimited. Squares could be transformed into almost any forms.

The freer the squares are, the freer I feel from inside. I feel close to Tao, The Way, Nature, the natural flow and harmony in the unlimited various changes of squares. Also, I see a huge net field...

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Biography

Artist Statement

Is it possible that a square peg can be a round peg? Yes, I dream of a world in which there won’t be any conflict between circle and square at least in my paintings of squares. As soon as I started to connect the various shapes of squares, amazing new 3D forms were created. The field of squares were shaped as curved as a globe and as dynamic as organic creatures. The forms I could create with all these squares were unlimited. Squares could be transformed into almost any forms.

The freer the squares are, the freer I feel from inside. I feel close to Tao, The Way, Nature, the natural flow and harmony in the unlimited various changes of squares. Also, I see a huge net field in these squares, where we, universe, nature, East and West, the whole world is closely connected to each other. My paintings are a tiny visual reminder of the big connected one. Applying different perspectives, I could eventually liberate my squares and myself.

Squares unfold themselves naturally, comfortably, freely and harmoniously in peace and freedom. Squares are flying, flowing, blooming, undulating, dancing flamenco and swimming like Manta Rays. Sometimes they even become like a huge Loch, carrying the constantly changing sky and the variable colors of water.

It is fun to work with squares. Work and fun become one. I become the painting. I become what I do, what I see, what I think. When I eat bread, I become bread... I become one. It is funny that I do not search or insist about my identity any longer. The East and the West are complementary and the flip side of each other. We are different manifestations, but from one big root. We are all connected. Finding out how we are connected is another extra bonus that the process of making my square paintings has taught me.

I hope to provide something different with my artworks; something inspiring, something interesting to provoke a new way of seeing, something fun to look at, something very familiar but a bit different for people to wonder what it is. So eventually I hope people can find a moment of freedom while they see the art work.

Artworks

22

Samadhi_Emergence A23, Oil on plywood

RELATED CATEGORIES

21st Century Art / Acrylic on Paper / Acrylic Paint / Acrylic Painting / Art of the 1990s / Art of the 2000s / Art of the 2010s / Asian Art / Bright Colors / Color and Form / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Korean Art / Eastern Philosophy / Female Identity / Freedom / Gender Issues / Geometric Abstraction / Geometric Expression / Inspiration from Religion / Introspection / Korean Art / Los Angeles / Migration / Mixed Media / Mixed Media Painting / Nature / Oil on Plywood / Oil Paint / Painting / Paper / Plywood / Point / Line / Plane / Rhythmic Expression / South Korea / Taoism / United States / Women Artists / Zen Buddhism

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles, California (BA with Magna Cum Laude)

  • College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University, Seoul

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2013

    Gallery Seohwa, Seoul

  • 2012

    Kelly Roy Gallery, Miami, FL

  • 2011

    Lemmons Modern, The Sea Fair, New Port Beach, RI

Group Exhibitions

  • 2009

    U.S. Embassy, Ambassador’s Residence in Seoul, Seoul

  • 2007

    PalmBeach3, Seth Jason Beitler Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

  • 2006

    Chicago Art Fair 2006, Millenia Fine Art, Orlando, FL

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Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles, California (BA with Magna Cum Laude)

  • College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University, Seoul

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2013

    Gallery Seohwa, Seoul

  • 2012

    Kelly Roy Gallery, Miami, FL

  • 2011

    Lemmons Modern, The Sea Fair, New Port Beach, RI

  • 2010

    Kelly Roy Gallery, Miami, FL

  • 2009

    Gallery Seohwa, Seoul

  • 2008

    Lemmons Contemporary, New York, NY

  • 2007

    Seth Jason Beitler Gallery, Miami, FL

  • 2006

    Gallery Seohwa, Seoul

  • 2005

    Millenia Gallery, Orlando, FL

  • Lois Neiter Fine Arts, Sherman Oaks, CA

  • 2001

    Gallery Seohwa, Seoul

  • 2000

    Rule Gallery, Denver, CO

Group Exhibitions

  • 2009

    U.S. Embassy, Ambassador’s Residence in Seoul, Seoul

  • 2007

    PalmBeach3, Seth Jason Beitler Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

  • 2006

    Chicago Art Fair 2006, Millenia Fine Art, Orlando, FL

  • 2005

    The Spring Show, Susan Street Fine Art, Solano Beach, CA

  • Summer Group Exhibition, Baxter Chang Patri Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • 2004

    Work On Paper, Lois Neiter Fine Arts, Sherman Oaks, CA

  • Phthalo Gallery, Bay Habor Islands, FL

  • 2003

    Zen Summer, Thomas Lavin, West Hollywood, CA

  • Faces and Figures, Lois Neiter Fine Arts, Malibu, CA

  • 2002

    Surface, Color, Light, Lois Neiter Fine Arts, Sherman Oaks, CA

  • Miami Art Fair, T. Curtsnoc Fine Arts, Miami, FL

  • London Art Fair 2002, Mark Jason Gallery, London

  • Abstractly, Rio Hondo College, whiter, CA

  • Spring, Lew Allen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2001

    Contemporary Art Without A Mouse, Lew Allen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

  • California Asian Women In Art, Fresh Paint Art, Culver City, CA

  • 2000

    Update 2000, Fresh Paint Art, Culver City, CA

  • Pasadena Historical Architecture Showcase, Pasadena, CA

Collections

  • Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY

  • Red Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Los Angeles, CA

  • Tokyo Park Towers, Tokyo

  • Southern California Edison Co., Los Angeles, CA

  • United Health Group, New York, NY

  • The Water and Power Building, Glendale, CA

  • Compaq Corp. Houston, TX

  • United Health Group, Minnetonka, MN

  • Douglas & Associates, Denver, CO

Bibliography

  • 2010

    Thinking outside the box, miamiartzine.com, March 17,2010 by Irene Sperber

  • 2005

    30 Seconds with Jae Hahn, Orlando Sentinel, Dec.2, 2005 by Rebecca Swain Vadnie

  • The Art of Jae Hahn’s, Create Magazine, Nov. 9, 2005 by Josh Garrick

  • 2000

    Denver Rocky Mountain News, Oct. 29, 2000, by Mary Voelz Chandler

  • Westword, Oct. 11, 2000, by Michael Paglia

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