Sugar High

Sugar High 

An exhibition of two San Francisco based artists: Ah-Young Jeon and Kristina Quinones.





Works on view until Janurary 4th, 2014.


The McLoughlin Gallery is pleased to exhibit, Sugar High, showcasing the works of San Francisco based artists Ah-Young Jeon and Kristina Quinones.   Upon entering the gallery, vibrant colors, ribbons of movement along with miniature novelties conjure the excitement of past memories of entering toy stores and candy shops. The diverse mediums provide a balance between visual messaging and a calm of the continuity of color. Jeon’s Pop representations offer a complex account of current social constructs while Quinones’ Abstractions convey a myriad of color and composition. Either way, the viewer is assured to acquire a sweet tooth for the work of these two artists.


Text embodies the social commentary that Ah-Young Jeon employs, captivating the viewer into a direct dialog with her fun, playful assemblages.  Through this conversation, the viewer is encouraged to have an increased sense of accountability.  Her interest lies in depicting how technology has become a contributing factor in fabricating an obsessive, entitled generation. Color and glitter blind the viewer of the direct messages with the exception of those with eyes wide open. While initially sweet, upon further study, dark narratives become visible in Jeon’s playful constructions.


Color field artist Kristina Quinones provides a modern day spin on a traditional approach. Evocative of the work of Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler, Quinones fashions acrylic veils evoking luminous movement created through carnal maneuvering of the canvas. Incorporating a spiritual process of breathing, within a mental and physical practice, the artist shapes her work into a visual product of her sublime technique. Creating her paintings is one of ambiguity, exploring the boundary between the need to control the final outcome paired with the uncertainty of the initial stain of color. Ultimately, the path of each painting is pre-determined as evident in the ebb and flow of color.


“This exhibition harmonizes the work of two clever female artists sharing their perspective of the world around us through color.  There is a yin and yang to the work as influenced by the traditional versus contemporary philosophical approach to their art.   A visual journey for the eyes and mind,” explains Joan McLoughlin, Gallerist, The McLoughlin Gallery.