I was looking through art I had found in the past, and trying to find one by an artist whose other works I also enjoyed. I ended up finding 36-year-old Korean artist Kim Daehyun, who goes by the pseudonym Moonassi.
To be honest, I really like his work. I was really just looking for someone whose work was interesting enough that I could write about it, but I really quite like him. In a lot of his art, it's hard to understand what's going on; the use of only black-and-white creates odd boundaries between what is shadow, what is light, what is an outline, and what is negative space. I don't want to say it "all looks the same" but it is certainly recognizable - the same kneeling boy(s) show up in a LOT of it.
I hope to incorporate some aspect of his work into my future work (something I rarely ever feel when looking at other artists!) I feel like energy is something often striven for in art, but I seek to achieve a rather still feeling. I like the dullness and quietness that comes with an illustration that lacks energy. Moonassi's art accomplishes this in every piece, and even when the subject matter seems dramatic or traumatic, the figures still lack a feeling of energy. I'm very drawn to it.
In his artist statement, he says "What I like to create is a drawing as an empty space between me and viewer, so that people can talk and find their own story from my drawings." I don't think this is the reason I like that aesthetic in my own work, since meaning and its reception is unimportant to me, but I like his phrasing of creating an empty space.
He's been commissioned by the New York Times to provide art for four different articles. Under the collaboration section of his website, he shares the works that he has been asked to do by others or that he has done with others. He even includes photos of tattoos people have gotten of his work. He's also done several installations.
I really hope you'll look through his gallery. I really like it.
Kristin Hines - Student artist at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School