As I continue painting books and things for this Chaekgeori-inspired series, I am never surprised that some of my friends have the same books on their shelves — and in a few examples the same objects. The other thing we have in common is Ikea bookcases. Not all, but many of the books in this series sit on those ubiquitous bookcases (including some of my own). The first time I was in an Ikea, it was in Sweden, many years before it was a global empire. It is weird to think that the plastic silverware tray in my San Francisco kitchen drawer was purchased in Stockholm in 1984.
Look closely, you might even notice the holes in the sides of the bookcases for the shelf pegs. This painting shows the multilingual dictionaries, books and things of artist friends in Sweden.