Out Loud

Out Loud

A Virtual Exhibition Benefitting AAAJ


May 3, 2021 – August 1, 2021

Atlanta Contemporary announces an online exhibition curated by artist Jiha Moon honoring the lives of those lost from the brutal and targeted shootings on March 16, 2021.

Within days of the shooting, Moon reached out to executive director Veronica Kessenich with the idea of presenting an online art sale celebrating Asian American artists with the proceeds benefiting the Asian American Advancing Justice organization. Moon states, “I do not feel the same way as I walk around city of Atlanta. Anti-Asian hate crime increased nearly 150% in 2020 during the pandemic with over 3800 anti-Asian incidents alone with many directed towards women. Now when I go out in public, I am more aware of my surroundings and am fearful of a hate-driven attack.”

Moon, an alum of Atlanta Contemporary’s Studio Artist Program as well as participating artist in the 2019 Atlanta Biennial, is widely admired and respected not only in Atlanta but amongst peer artists. By curating an exhibition of Asian American women, Out Loud, honors the shared experiences and visual language utilized by Asian women and artists. This show serves not only as a way to generate funds for the families of the victims of the shooting but also by being held online during May which is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Out Loud puts the focus on what it means to be Asian as well as brings awareness to the Asian existence. Moon explains, “We are not invisible. It is my honor to be a part of a strong community of Asian women artists who act as a voice and champion of the Asian art community.”

Participating artists include: Namwon Choi, In Kyoung Chun, Melissa Huang, Hannah Israel, Sonya Yong James, Soo Kim, Kakyoung Lee, Nuni Lee, Jiha Moon and Mie Yim. Proceeds directly benefit the AAAJ.

Namwon Choi
In-betweenness (Movement), 2018
Gouache on panel
30” X 30”
$3800
Represented by Sandler Hudson Gallery
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Namwon Choi
In-betweenness (Geosphere), 2019
Gouache on panel
30” X 30”
$3800
Represented by Sandler Hudson Gallery
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Inkyoung Chun
A Night Feeling Guilty, 2021
Oil on Canvas
9"x12"
$600
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Melissa Huang
Split, 2020
Oil on panel
20"x16"
$800
Represented by Stay Home Gallery
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Hannah Israel
Comes and Takes the Place
, 2019
Loose graphite on hanshi paper
18" x 13" x 8"
$850
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Hannah Israel
Those who surrounds me most closely
, 2019
Loose graphite on hanshi paper
24" x 44" x 11"
$3500
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Soo Kim
Arirang in our hearts
Rice on panel
16" x 20"
$950
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Kakyoung Lee
Hana’s Ride
Drypoint on german etching bright white paper & Chincolle on handmade Japanese gampi
13" x 22 1/4"
$2500
Watch the accompanying animation
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Nuni Lee
Three Good Girls
, 2018
Oil on Canvas
64" x 48"
$1750
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Jiha Moon
Genie (Peony),
2019
Lithograph and screen print, cine colle, nail decals
26.75" x 21"
$1500
Published by Flying Horse Edition
Edition of 30
Represented by Laney Contemporary, Savannah, GA, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL
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Mie Yim
Quarantine drawing #5
, 2020
Pastel in Shizen Paper
11" x 8.5"
$900
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Sonya Yong James
Entanglement, 2019
Wool felt, handspun yarn, cotton, wood, pigment and dye
72" x 84" x 6"
$8,000
Represented by Whitespace Gallery
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Sonya Yong James

Study no. 043021

Hand dyed wool, wool felt and mixed media

8” x 8” x 6”
$850
Represented by Whitespace Gallery
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Namwon Choi

Namwon Choi is an artist based in Savannah, GA. Choi acquired her BFA and MFA in Traditional Korean Painting from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea in 2002, and her MFA in Drawing and Painting at Georgia State University in Atlanta in 2014. Her work has been exhibited at the New York City Korean Culture Center,the Los Angeles Korean Culture Center, Aqua Art Miami, the National MFA Wet Paint Biennial Exhibition in Chicago, and at TheMuseum of Contemporary Art, Georgia in Atlanta. Her work in the “New Connections” exhibition at the Korean Cultural Center in Washington D.C. was reviewed in the Washington Post. Her recent solo exhibition In-Betweenness showed at Gallery 72 in Atlanta, Georgia; Open Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee; and Artist Homes Gallery in Berlin, Germany.Her upcoming solo exhibition, Blue Distant, opens in October 2019 at Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta. She is currently a professor of Foundation Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design.

InKyoung Chun

Born in Seoul, South Korea, In Kyoung Chun received the Emerging Artist Award 2012-2013 by the City of Atlanta Mayors Office of Cultural Affairs. Chun has participated in exhibitions including High Museum of Art of Atlanta, Athens Institute of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Poem 88 gallery, Hathaway Contemporary, Mint Gallery, Gallery 72 of Atlanta Mayors Office of Cultural Affairs, Aqua Miami Art Fair, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Albany Museum of Fine Art of Georgia and 1780 Gallery, Virginia Museum of Fine Art of Richmond.

In the spring of 2020, Chun joined the Atlanta Contemporary Studio program and had her two-person show at Project:ARTspace in New York City. She recently participated in the following exhibitions; She Is Here at Atlanta Contemporary, In Search For Home at Dalton gallery of Agnes Scott College and Light Up Midtown in Columbus, Georgia. In 2021, Chun had her solo show ‘Table and Cloud’ at Blue Heron Nature Preserve of Atlanta and participated in the ArtFields in Lake City, South Carolina.

Chun’s work has been included to its permanent collection of High Museum of Art, the City of Atlanta Mayors Office of Cultural Affairs and Fulton County Public Library of Atlanta.

Melissa Huang

Melissa Huang (born 1992) is a painter living and working in Atlanta, Georgia. Melissa attended the Rochester Institute of Technology for her BFA in Fine Arts Studio (2014) and currently attends Georgia State University for her MFA in Drawing and Painting (expected May 2021). Her oil painting and video self-portraiture studies the desire, failure, and dissonance associated with portraying an idealized self for a digital audience. Melissa has exhibited nationally and abroad with a recent solo exhibition at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art. Melissa has a background working in galleries, museums, archives, and art appraisal, and has been featured in publications including Fresh Paint Magazine, Art House Press, and Stone Canoe. Melissa is a founding member of the Politits Art Coalition: a feminist art group that exhibits collaboratively and curates an annual exhibition focused on social justice. She is represented by Stay Home Gallery in Paris, TN. You can see more of Melissa’s artwork on Instagram (@melissahuangart) or her website (www.melissahuang.com).

Hannah Israel

Hannah Israel lives and works at Columbus, GA, USA. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her work is across various interests including sculpture, installation, video, and mark making. Israel has exhibited her work at the High Museum of Art, Zuckerman Museum of Art, The Vargas Museum of Art in the Philippines, Museum of Contemporary Art in Honolulu, I-Space in Chicago, the Krannert Art Museum, among others. She is currently exhibiting a solo exhibition at the Simmon Art Center at Bernau University titled Lacuna: The Space in Between.
Hannah Israel has received the Daedalus Art Grant (NYC), the Creative and Performance Art Fellowship at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, IL and the Artist Fellowship at Cornell University, NY among others. Her works are collected in museums and private collection. She is currently a Professor of Art and the Gallery Director at Columbus State University in Georgia. She is represented by Poem88

Soo Kim

Soo Kim is a Korean-American Painter. She was born in South Korea and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1996. With busy parents, both Soo and her younger sister were raised by their grandparents who lived through the Korean War and witnessed the rapid growth of the country which was once in poverty. Soo’s work with rice is a dialog and a journey of process and discovery. Each grain of rice has been carefully considered and individually placed onto the surface implicating the silent power of multitudes and reserving a gesture of respect to times when rice was a scarcity.
Soo’s paintings are a celebration of the joys in her life as well as the idea of meditation. Her works are influenced by a root to culture and minimalistic concepts.
Residing in Atlanta Georgia, Soo has earned a BFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her works have been exhibited at various museum and gallery shows including Besharat Museum Gallery (Atlanta, GA), Stay Home Gallery (Paris, TN), Swan Coach House Gallery (Atlanta, GA), and Mint Gallery (Atlanta, GA). You can see more of Soo’s artwork on Instagram (@sookim.art) or her website (www.sookimfineart.com).

Kakyoung Lee

Born in South Korea, Kakyoung Lee (she/hers) is a printmaker and animator based in Brooklyn, New York. Her practice spans printmaking, animation, video, and installation. Interdisciplinary engagement with print and time-based work is central to her projects. Lee has a B.F.A. and M.F.A from Hong-Ik University, Seoul, as well as an M.F.A. from SUNY-Purchase College, NY. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions internationally, including at the Drawing Center, New York; Hofstra University, Hempstead; Kunsthalle Bremen, DE; Mass MOCA, North Adams; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Banja Luka, Bosnia; Museum Folkwang, Essen, DE; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Oqbo, Berlin, DE; Queens Museum, New York; and Seoul Arts Center, Korea. She has held residencies at Omi, ISCP, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Marie Walsh Sharp Foundation, MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She has received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, NYFA Fellowship, the Ahl Foundation grant, and KAFA award. She was the 2017 recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letter Purchase Award.
Lee’s works are in the collections of Asia Society museum, New York; McNay Art Museum, TX; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Jeju 4.3 Memorial in Jeju, Korea; and Library of Congress, Washington D.C. among others. Currently she is an Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, PA.

Nuni Lee

Nuni Lee is a practicing visual artist and an art instructor at the Ernest G. Welch School at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. South Korean in ethnicity, born in Bogota, Colombia, and living in Atlanta, Nuni Lee is a visual artist who embodies complexity. Lee received a BFA in Painting from Cornell University in 2012 and an MFA in Drawing and Painting at GSU in 2018. She is best known for her work involving a central character, Good Girl, who reflects the artist. With the help of the Good Girl, Nuni weaves together her past, present, and future, hoping to share her memories, emotions, and dreams with the audience. Lee has exhibited at venues including the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse (Miami, FL), Olive Tjaden Gallery (Ithaca, NY), A Different Path Gallery (Brockport, NY), SOUP Experimental (Tallahassee, FL), Abernathy Arts Center (Sandy Springs, GA), Welch School Gallery (Atlanta, GA), Callanwolde Gallery (Atlanta, GA), Mary S. Byrd Gallery (Augusta, GA), Thomas Deans Fine Art Gallery (Atlanta, GA), Swan Coach House Gallery (Atlanta, GA), and Aqua Art Fair (Miami, FL).

Jiha Moon

Jiha Moon (b. 1973) is from DaeGu, Korea and lives and works in Atlanta, GA. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Her works have been acquired by Asia Society, New York, NY, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, Smithsonian Institute, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC and The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA. She has had solo exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, GA, Taubman Museum, Roanoke, VA, the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, The Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN and Rhodes College, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Memphis, TN and James Gallery of CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY. She has been included in group shows at Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MI, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA, Asia Society, New York, NY, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, White Columns, New York, NY, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, and the Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC. She is recipient of Joan Mitchell foundation’s painter and sculptor’s award for 2011, MOCA GA Working Artist project fellow 2012-13, Artadia award 2016. Her mid-career survey exhibition, “Double Welcome: Most everyone’s mad here” organized by Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and Taubman Museum has toured more than 10 museum venues around the country until 2018.
Moon gestural paintings, mixed media, ceramic sculpture, and installation explore fluid identities and the global movement of people and their cultures. She says, “I am a cartographer of cultures and an icon maker in my lucid worlds.” She is taking cues from wide ranges of history of Eastern and Western art, colors and designs from popular culture, Korean temple paintings and folk art, internet emoticons and icons, fruit stickers and labels of products from all over the place. She often teases and changes these lexicons so that they are hard to identify yet stay in a familiar zone.

Mie Yim

Yim has had a number of solo exhibitions including Olympia Gallery, The Chashama space at the Durst foundation, Ground floor Gallery, Lehmann Maupin, Michael Steinberg,Gallery all in New York, NY. Also at In Arco, Turin, Italy. Numerous group exhibitions include the Drawing Center, Feature, Ise Cultural Foundation, Mitchell Algus Gallery, BRIC art center, Mark Borghi Gallery, all NYC. Other places such as Johnson County Community College, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, The Arts Center at Western Conn. University. She is a recipient of Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2020, The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant 2018, The New York Foundation of the Arts Painting Fellowship 2015 and Artist in the Market Place, Bronx Museum. She has a BFA in Painting from Philadelphia College of Art as well as a year abroad at Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy. Yim was born in S. Korea, she’s based in New York. She will be having a solo show at Villa Magdalena in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain and Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, Ga. both in 2021.

Sonya Yong James

Sonya Yong James (b. Knoxville, Tennessee) lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. She received a BFA in Printmaking from Georgia State University where she focused on etching and sculpture. James has exhibited nationally and internationally for the past twenty years and has been the recipient of several grants, awards, and residencies. She has most recently received the Artadia Award in 2019 and the Idea Capital Antinori grant in 2021.

Her work is held in numerous corporate and private collections including Art in Embassies in Mauritania, Africa. James has been exhibited in galleries and museums locally such as MOCA GA, Atlanta Contemporary, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Albany Museum of Art, and the Zuckerman Museum of Art. She was formally a resident at the Studio Artists Program at Atlanta Contemporary and is represented by Whitespace Gallery.

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