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What should we do?


Qwaya 콰야어느 장맛날의 꿈 A dream on a rainy day, 2023, Oil on Canvas, 100x80cm

2GIL29 GALLERY is pleased to announce the Solo Exhibition 《 What should we do?》 by Qwaya (b. 1991), which will take place from February 3rd to February 24th, 2024.

Qwaya captures the intricacies of daily life through his artwork, portraying nuanced narratives, anxieties, and the ebb and flow of the world that allow observers to constantly feel them on a personal level. The exhibition reveals Qwaya‘s heightened mastery of color, realistic depictions, and refined compositional structures, which transports his depictions beyond the mere documentation of fleeting moments and weaves the artists personal contemplations of the direction of life into them. As such, Qwaya explores societal anxieties and contradictions often overlooked in the daily hustle of everyday life.

Qwaya 콰야, Lazy day, 2023, Oil on Canvas, 73x91cm, (30)

Qwaya’s disquieting narratives skillfully unveil the intrinsic human essence and inherently flawed markers of human nature, embedding usually uncomfortable narratives into his works with a sense of humor, helping us discover novelty and unfamiliarity within the seemingly mundaneness of repetitive daily contemplation. Upon closer inspection of his works, this spatiotemporal realm of contemplation is further shaped by a surreal and dreamy atmosphere created though the artists arrangement of space on the canvas, the unique gaze of the characters, the direction we as viewers position ourselves in when observing the artwork, and the use of color. Qwaya’s artworks provide a delightful perspective through his unique artistic expression and invite viewers to observe and engage with the artist’s daily life, shedding light on the world he envisions and aspires to live in. Ultimately, his works leads us to reflect on the changes in the world around us and in our interpersonal relation to others, guiding us in reconsidering the value of life once again.

Qwaya 콰야벗어나고 싶을 때, When want to get away, 2023, Color on Ceramic

Our lives often tend to become mundane easily, whether it be due to personal reasons, societal roles and norms, or the hustle and bustle of daily life. However, amidst all this, we can undeniably find a universal beauty, a sense of undeniable meaning. To recognize it, all we need is moments of tranquility during which we can slow down, take a step back and contemplate the ourselves and the world that surrounds us. The current exhibition titled “What should we do?” seeks to provide an opportunity to revisit the essence of human life and its seemingly mundane markers, suggesting that they might embody a beauty we tend to overlook as we get caught up in the rapidly changing social environments around us.

Qwaya 콰야잠이 오지 않아서, When can’t sleep, 2023, Oil on Canvas, 73x91cm, (30)

Returning to the stage at 2GIL29 GALLERY in 2024 after successful exhibitions in 2020 and 2022, Qwaya continues to share his compelling stories through the language of art.

Garosu-gil 35, Gangnam-daero 158gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
82 2 6203 2015