Tommy Kwak

BROOKLYN, NY

Tommy Kwak
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Tommy Kwak’s photo-based work explores absence and the unknown in natural phenomena. His work has been shown in NYC and Iceland, most recently in a group exhibition at Chashama. He earned a BFA from California College of the Arts in 2002 and studied photography at International Center of Photography from 2006 to 2008. In 2010, Tommy participated in the SÍM Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland, as well as the international arts festival, Villa Reykjavik. Tommy grew up outside of Chicago and now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has been an active member of Fowler Arts Collective and SONYA (South of Navy Yard Artists) since 2011.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Iceland

I visited Iceland in fall 2008, inspired by its midnight sun, northern lights, and thermal baths. Since then, I’ve returned each year, discovering a new part of the country. The photographs in this series (2008-2011) is a portrait of Iceland’s varied landscapes. They are of glaciers, farmland, waterfalls, fjords, black-sand beaches, icebergs, valleys, and geothermal mountains. They document Iceland’s physical attributes, but also capture its intangible quality: the quiet, ethereal, and otherworldly sense one feels while in its landscape.

TOMMY KWAK

b. 1979
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

EDUCATION
  • 2008International Center of Photography
  • 2002California College of the Arts, BFA
  • 2000University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
  • 2013Iceland, Schaefer Landing, Brooklyn, NY
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  • 2013Year 3, Fowler Arts Collective, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2013Curate NYC, Chashama, New York, NY
  • 2013Prints Brooklyn, St. Joseph’s College Alumni Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2012Year 2, Fowler Arts Collective, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2012NURTUREart Benefit, NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2012Many Conversations (Northside Festival), Present Company, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2012Space Half Empty, Fowler Arts Collective, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2012Represent Brooklyn, TRA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2011Art from the Heart, 25CPW, New York, NY
  • 2011Just Because, East Village, New York, NY
  • 2011Art=Relief, Studio X, New York, NY
  • 2011Winter Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2010Tropical Iceland, Center for Icelandic Art, Reykjavik, Iceland
RESIDENCIES
  • 2013Artists Summer Institute (ASI) at LMCC, New York, NY
  • 2011Gullkistan artist-in-residence, Laugarvatn, South, Iceland
  • 2010SÍM artist-in-residence, Reykjavik, Capital Region, Iceland
Fowler Arts Collective
67 West Street #216
Brooklyn, NY 11222