The Francis Gallery presents contemporary art in a context subtly influenced by what founder Rosa Park describes as “Koreanness”.
Located on Melrose Avenue, the art space offers a beautifully streamlined experience – all wood floors, white walls and clean lines. But it stands out from the traditional aesthetic of the white cube by adopting Korean aesthetic. The outdoor space is a take on traditional hanok courtyards, and the striking curved wall in the center of the gallery recalls the white porcelain moon pots made domestically in the 15th century.
Park, who also runs a bath outpost of the gallery in the UK, says the space – designed by her in partnership with studio LA BC – was inspired by places of worship, particularly monasteries and chapels. “What I love about these spaces is their ability to use humble materials in thoughtful ways and their ability to imbue a simple, stripped-back space with so much warmth and grounding,” she says.
Francis Gallery LA’s inaugural exhibition, Morning Calm, echoes its inner inspiration, featuring the work of six Korean-born artists, who present reinterpretations of Korean culture and objects.