23 November 2016

With its Blank Canvas V exhibition, United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and SantaBarbara Counties’ (UCPLA). Washington Reid Gallery continues its celebration of its own artists-in-residence, its staff, friends, and family, in addition to a select group of artists from Los Angeles and beyond. Since the inception of Blank Canvas in 2012, the gallery has invited artists to express themselves in a variety of formats and mediums.

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of Blank Canvas, UCPLA Washington Reid Gallery ispleased to spotlight artist Seong Chon (b. 1964, South Korea). Mr. Chon’s affiliation with UCPLAbegan in 1991, and over the course of the last twenty-five years, he has experimented with drawing, painting, photography, and digital art, exploring Korean landscapes, fantasy genres, and portraiture.

In addition to featuring three works by Mr. Chon in Blank Canvas V, UCPLA Washington Reid Gallery is honored to present a short video piece by filmmaker Colin H. Clark. The film features an interview with Mr. Chon, chronicling his personal history as well as artistic development over the last several years with the use of a variety of artistic tools. Mr. Clark also profiles the visionaries of UCPLA Washington Reid Gallery: Ronald S. Cohen (President and CEO), Stephani Anderson (Director of Client Services), Veronica DeJesus (Gallery Manager & Fine Arts Coordinator), and Aragna Ker (Studio Arts Coordinator), providing a larger look at the gallery’s history, and UCPLA Washington Reid Gallery’s innovative development and implementation of adaptive tools for their artists.

The 2016 Blank Canvas is co-curated by Robert L. Looker and Casie N. Kesterson.

Robert L. Looker is an expert in and collector of contemporary art, having served as a Contemporary Art Specialist for the international art auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s for eighteen years. In addition to his support of UCPLA Washington Reid Gallery, which allows artists with disabilities to express themselves through fine art making, he serves on the board of Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine since 2005, and The Looker Foundation as President since 2010.

Casie N. Kesterson is Director of Provenance Research Associates, providing research and advisory services to museums, collectors, and art world professionals worldwide. She is also the author of the children’s book The Goldfish in the Chandelier, published by the Getty Museum in 2012. Ms. Kesterson is an advocate for arts education, and is honored to be a participant of UCPLA Washington Reid Gallery exhibition programming.

Colin H. Clark has been producing action sports films around the world for the past decade for clients like Nike, Red Bull, and Tony Hawk. As a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, he has worked on commercials, live & reality TV, and feature films. Most recently, he has been directing the latest food and lifestyle video releases for the landmark hotel, the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.

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