Joan Agajanian Quinn and Diane Holland (Karine Armen Photo)

‘Divergent Synthesis’ of Cultures at Korean Cultural Center


By Karine Armen

Special to the Mirror-Spectator

LOS ANGELES — On Thursday, May 2, the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, hosted “Divergent Synthesis,” a significant multicultural, juried art exhibition held in collaboration with the LAUNCH LA Gallery. Judged by Dr. Virginia Moon, the associate curator of Korean Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Peter Frank, associate editor for Visual Art Source, the competition showcased a myriad of artistic expressions.

One captivating piece among the exhibiting artists was Diane Holland’s unique collage titled “Culture Alive: Homage to Joan Agajanian Quinn.” This artwork, a fusion of a map of Armenia and the vibrant hues of its flag, was printed on Kodak Endura metallic paper and measured 33 x 25 1/2 inches, inviting viewers to delve into its depth and complexity.

Joan Agajanian Quinn with her daughter, Amanda Quinn Olivar (Karine Armen Photo)

Holland, a distinguished American artist, shares a longstanding friendship with Joan Agajanian Quinn. Her illustrious portfolio, spanning exhibitions in Armenia, France and Japan, is a testament to her global recognition and artistic prowess across traditional mediums and digital collages. Her collages were even featured in the 1997 publication Amari Marbu, with text penned by the renowned art critic, judge, curator, and writer Peter Frank, inspiring artists worldwide.

Quinn is a major art collector and supporter. On her YouTube channel, “Joan Quinn Profiles,” she conducts insightful interviews with a diverse array of artists and actors. Notable figures like Lucas Reiner and Astrid Preston count among those who have painted her.

Group photo with Joan Agajanian Quinn and artists and organizers at the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles (Karine Armen Photo)

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Reflecting on the inspiration behind her collage, Diane Holland shared, “It was an honor when I visited Joan with Peter Frank. I used my camera, which became a lens of investigation.” She elaborated, “I worked with a lot of elements. It took a long time to do research and understand Armenian cultures.” At the exhibition’s opening reception, Joan Agajanian Quinn herself pointed to the collage, identifying its elements: “This is the flag of Armenia, my father and his race car, Armenian coins, my keet and achk (nose and eye).”

The exhibition will run until May 31 at the Korean Cultural Center, with gallery hours from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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