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An Interview with Susan Baik from Baik Art

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An Interview with Susan Baik from Baik Art
Susan Baik of Baik Art (Image courtesy of Susan Baik)

Name: Susan Baik

Title: Gallery Owner

Artists Represented:

Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Kim Eull, Park Kyung Ryul, Young-Il Ahn, Christine Nguyen, Kow Leong Kiang, Heri Dono, Gwon Osang

 

Upcoming exhibition/s:


Art and The Measure of Liberty: The United Nations Turns 70

Elana Mann's 'Talk Through The Hand' wall project, 2016
Photograph by Cristopher Nolasco
Courtesy of Baik Art, Los Angeles

A typical day for me is:

When I am in Los Angeles and not traveling, a typical day for me starts with my 9-year-old son, bouncing around the house with our two large dogs. We sit and have breakfast together every morning and prepare for his day at school. Once he has bounded out of the house, I go upstairs, fill the bath and relax in the tub where I mentally prepare for my day.

 

My advice for someone who wants to start collecting art is…

To always collect art that you love. Don't worry about the market. Whether your intention is to keep the work or sell the work, you can at least live with it. In the event that you are only interested in selling the work you purchase, keep in mind that markets fluctuate and so do prices. The goal, of course, is always to buy low and sell high. For myself, I love art; I love having it in my home. I love sharing it with other people. And above all, research, research, research! Find what you love by looking through as much art as you can.


'Art and the Measure of Liberty', Baik Art, Los Angeles (installation view)
Photograph by Cristopher Nolasco
Courtesy of Baik Art, Los Angeles

Although Baik Art is located in Los Angeles, California, most of the artists you represent are Asian. Is there a strong interest in Asian art in the West Coast? Why do you think this is so?

We have previously featured more Asian artists, however our interest does not just lie in representing the Asian art community. Since the beginning of Baik Art, we have been looking for not only local artists, but also international artists to work with. Part of the reason we have shown Asian artists in the past is because I started with a gallery in Korea Town, Los Angeles and then after a few years, I opened a new gallery in Singapore. Being exposed to the art world in Singapore offered greater access to Asian artists. I'd like to broaden the field for Baik Art by maintaining a balance between one’s own heritage and newer cultures. It is important to transcend boundaries between nations and the cultures that are represented by those nations.  

"New Structure 4, Prism and Macallan" by Osang Gwon, one of the artists represented by Baik Art
Image courtesy of Baik Art

What is your process for selecting and developing a show? What do you think are the most important elements of a successful exhibition?

Boy! This is a tough one. I do look at a lot of art and listen closely to recommendations. I follow up on studio visits and studio recommendations. After a period of research, I think about who I would like to show. Developing a great exhibition cannot be done spontaneously, so we think about how we want to present the work through press releases and our Direct Mail announcement program and any other promotional tools we may have at our disposal. We try to work with artists who are thoughtful about the work that they make. We also focus on artists who pay attention to how craft and skills can impact an artwork. And of course there are silent understandings between the artist and gallery that might spark some sort of curiosity.  

An image from the Post Korea Residency Show 'Hands Across The Water' by Baik Art
Image courtesy of Baik Art

Baik Art has a residency programme, which has featured established artists such as Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Heri Dono, BenCab and Putu Sutawijaya. Could you tell us more about the programme?

The residency is actually in its beginning stages and only at the third location. It's in development. We've experimented with nomadic residencies in Mexico, Korea, and most recently, in Indonesia. We try to have an exhibition related to each group experience and let it organically take shape as a direct reflection of those that are participating both in and out of the exhibition space. Even though the ways in which the participants interact are not always predetermined, we try to find a common ground through which verbal, cultural, or social language can be exchanged and communal history shared.

 

 

To find out more about Baik Art, click here.

 

 


Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.



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