In August, we curated Thick As Thieves, an exhibition of works by Seoul-based artist Chris Ro at the LINE LA. It consisted of 8 unique works exhibited in their lobby gallery space, an artist talk, and the Chris Ro Reading Room – a room activation that utilized hotel furniture as installation structures and displayed 10 hand-bound books with stories written by the artist. As Chris prepared for this exhibition, he shared his thoughts on “thieves” and how these thoughts manifest into his works. Read on to learn more about this ongoing series!


About the artist
Chris Ro is a Seoul-based artist who comes from a background of graphic design and architecture. His recent work explores various methods and approaches to the visualization of concepts that normally may be considered invisible. By combining printmaking and painting techniques, Ro examines how traces and the processes of repetition and production lead to questions around originality, humanity, and sincerity. He is interested in humanizing machine-like processes, such as silk screening or printing, by allowing the work to embody more human-like intuition and interpretations. Ro’s work has been exhibited globally and is part of the permanent collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Die Neue Sammlung, National Hangeul Museum, Seoul National University Museum of Art, and Platform-L Contemporary Art Center. Chris is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI).