Author: Tommy Kwak’s
This series of minimal light paintings was created in 2018. In some, I varied the line weights from thick to thin and used spontaneous motions to create abstract, loose, gestural forms. In others, I used repeated motions to create pattern-like forms which create the illusion of 3-dimensional space. And in others, the light patterns are reduced to simple, flat geometric shapes, highlighting the single light source.
Tommy Kwak’s work explores the transience of landscapes and natural forms through ethereal large-format color photographs. His work has been shown in New York City and Iceland, most recently in commissions for Louis Vuitton at their locations in NYC and Cologne, Germany. He earned a BFA in Graphic Design from California College of the Arts in 2002 and completed photography courses at International Center of Photography from 2006 to 2008. In 2010 and 2016, Tommy participated in the SÍM Residency program in Reykjavík, Iceland, as well as the international arts festival, Villa Reykjavík. Tommy grew up outside of Chicago, lived and worked in Brooklyn, NY for 13 years, and now resides in Montclair, NJ. He has been a member of Fowler Arts Collective in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and SONYA (South of Navy Yard Artists).