Raymond Hwang is an artist currently living and working in Ridgewood, NY.
He holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts (New York, NY).
I don’t pretend to understand everything about my work and it’s often that fact that pushes me to continue making it. I utilize painting and drawing to bring forth, push back, to obscure and to layer images. My work is an amalgamation of my surroundings, my upbringing, my dry humor and the subtle ways they connect. I imagine it’s similar to being in a crowded room and hearing snippets of conversations, all the while interpreting and misinterpreting phrases to create a union between potentially unrelated thoughts. These thoughts are then morphed into a cartoon-ish fiction of personal folklore that suggests a world beyond the frame.
The subject matter that I utilize are relics of my past, my identity and my engagement with my everyday life. They clash, bounce, conflict, converse and stumble into each other in awkward ways that set up the potential for a unconventional narrative which reveals itself beyond what is obvious in the initial read. In one painting, wobbly legs that don’t seem to have an owner flounder about as a large banana peel hovers seemingly stationary on a different spatial plane. A small note stuck strangely onto the backdrop suggests an impending verdict as the legs stumble for eternity, unable to accept the inevitable in all of our lives.
Using these characters that range from specific personal artifacts to sometimes senseless recurring motifs, I attempt to weave a visual language that is my own. By doing so, I hope that new narratives will be revealed and that we’re left with more questions than answers.