Keun Young Park
October 20 - November 26, 2011
Reception: Sat Nov 12 from 4:30 - 6pm
On Saturday, November 12 the artist will be giving a short talk about her work followed by a reception from 4:30pm until 6pm.
Keun Young Park depicts the body in a state of transformation. Her works on paper show floating figures, faces, draped arms and cupped hands, which appear to be disintegrating and reforming at once. The artist begins her process with original photographs keyed to various evocative hues. The images are shredded by hand into thousands of tiny pieces that are reassembled using a magnifying glass for guidance. Between the pasted pieces are thin, white, vein-like lines that reveal the texture of the papers edge. Parks practice has a relationship to the precision of Pointillism, the uniformity of Benday dots and the repetition of digital pixilation but her works retain a tactile, hand-made quality through the irregularly shaped elements from which they are formed.
I intend to reflect upon the a-static character of existence in the flow of time I attempt to capture the tremor of unstable presence, writes Park. Each work vibrates with a quiet energy, conjuring up thoughts of both the beginning of life and its end. This sense of disembodiment is balanced with a fullness of form and physicality that is derived from the artists earlier practice as a sculptor.
Keun Young Park was born in Seoul, South Korea, where she received her BFA and MFA Degrees in Sculpture at Seoul National University. Since 2005, Park has lived and worked in New York City and New Jersey. She has received awards from A.I.R. Gallery and Artist Talk on Art as well as residencies with Vermont Studio Residency Program and Triangle Arts Workshop. Park has had numerous solo and group exhibits in the United States, Korea and Beijing at venues including Jim Kempner Fine Art, Tria Gallery, Ducksu Palace Art Museum, the School of Central Academy of Fine Arts, The Sheppard Fine Art Gallery at The University of Nevada and Scope Art Fair.