Recess 2017

26" x 32.5" (66 cm x 82.5 cm) Acrylic on Medium Density Fiberboard

"My practice is concerned with the components of painting, the construction of the painting space, and the expansion of painting through incorporating environmental conditions. I intend to create viable painting moments as a spatial experience, heightened by the bodily movement, tactile emotion, and the viewer’s subjective involvement. I experimented with formal elements such as the surface, support, color, light, texture, and how this vocabulary composes a space. Such analytical approach investigates how paintings can implicate space beyond its surface through illusory, psychological, or emotional means. In between tangible matter and intangible effect, the intention is to weave those concepts together." - Jaena 

The artist is influenced by Ellsworth Kelly, Mark Rothko, Agnes Martin, James Turrell, Lucio Fontana



2014 MFA Painting and Printmaking, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT 
2012 MFA Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
2010 BFA Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea 


2014 Boston Young Contemporaries RGH Prize , Boston, MA
2014 Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize, New Haven, CT
2013-2014 The Andrea Frank Foundation Sanyou Scholarship, New Haven, CT 
2012 IELTS Scholarships, British Council Korea, Seoul, South Korea
2011 Teaching Assistant Fellowship, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea 
2008 Hwajeon Paint Award, Seoul, South Korea 


2017 COLOR FORMS, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT 
2012 Naturally Beautiful, ING Art Project, Seoul, South Korea 
2011 Analog Hologram, Songeun Artcube, Seoul, South Korea 


2017 Passion. Connected. 100x100, Korean Cultural Center of New York, New York, NY
2017 Fight or Flight, The Painting Center, New York, NY 
2017 The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn Expo Center, New York, NY
2017 Fluctuating Identities, SIA NY Gallery, New York, NY
2016 NOT curated, Bushwick Open Studios, New York, NY
2016 Drishti: A Concentrated Gaze, 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, New York, NY
2016 Surface Feat, SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2016, New York, NY
2016 Surface One, ARENA@Brooklyn Dermatology, New York, NY
2015 Layering & Compositon-Global Influence, Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, NY
2015 Summer Love, SongEun Art Space, Seoul, South Korea
2015 Wrap Around, ARENA@Suite 806, New York, NY
2014 Boston Young Contemporaries, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA
2014 Condensd Matter-Thesis Exihibition, New Haven, CT
2013 Jaena Kwon, Open Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2012 New Caledonia Hotel Art Fair, Noumea, New Caledonia
2011 Compoundings, Woosuk hall, Seoul, Korea 
2010 Hue and Deep, Woosuk hall, Seoul, South Korea
2010 Asian Student and Young Artists Art Festival, Seoul, South Korea
2010 751 years old Leesungseo, Sungkyun gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2008 Small Work Show, The Chait Gallery, Iowa City, IA 


2017 The Studios, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA 

Artist's media including some of or all: Medium Density Fiberboard, PVC sealant, Krylon Gesso spray, Acrylic paint, Spray paint medium, Pigment, Spray Gun, Compressor, Sanding Machine, Sand Paper, Wood Carving tools