Statement

“Kung’s work speaks to a continued place for painting as an emotive experience, in this case centered in a resolution between the calm and chaotic.  A metaphor for a visual world that is currently overpowered by a proliferation of images and their outlets, painting today can maintain both a vital distance and a meaningful perceptivity via its own logic.”

– Erin Devine, curator & art critic

I look for a lightness and a level of density within the work that will stand up to repeated and prolonged viewing. Each work begins with a gesture—a line or wash etc.–that would trigger subsequent moves. Hard-lined geometry and improvisational brushwork are applied in layers, modifying and obscuring earlier marks. Sometimes the momentum is propelled by discovery; other times by invention. Chance, doubt, and curiosity branch into unanticipated trajectories. Usually, a painting would sit for days before the next move can be intuited. And so it goes until the work appears to hover between perfection and imperfection, gravity and weightlessness.

I find that the work can accrue structure and meaning only through devoting the requisite time and full measures of attention. More often than not, the most satisfying works are those that end up in entirely unexpected places…painting is a way of seeking out places that I do not already know.