Khum’s art practice highlights the importance of Campodian diaspora through cultural preservation, life experience and family history. As a product of Cambodian refugee parents, he seeks to find interpersonal connections with people who have gone through similar traumatic life events. His art reflects on the void that most 1.5 and 2nd generation Asian Americans encounter for having split cultures. Growing up with traditional Cambodian values and maturing in an American lifestyle has left Khum feeling foreign towards his family origins. His work consists of Khmer folklore and uses cats to emphasize humor, empathy and survival prowess in order to disguise the seriousness of his narratives.
Listen to the artist talk about their work in their own words:
Meet the Artist:
Alan Khum will be at SOMArts on September 1st , 6–9pm. Visit The Ramp Gallery for a chance to meet the artists, talk about their work and inspiration, have a drink and enjoy their awesome artwork! While you’re here, stop by the opening reception of our Main Gallery exhibition, The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition. A cash bar will be available all evening.
About Alan Khum
Alan Khum is a Cambodian American multidisciplinary artist born and raised in San Francisco. He attended San Francisco State University and received a BA in Studio Art with an emphasis on Painting and Drawing. Alan is heavily influenced by urban murals and graffiti, which sparked his interest with art at a young age. Most of his work is inspired by his family traditions and his grey tuxedo cat. Alan currently lives and works in San Francisco.
About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. Submission Guidelines can be found here. To purchase work on display or for more information email [email protected]. You can visit The Ramp gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.
Image credit: Alan Khum, Laocoön, Oil on canvas, 2015.