“I found I could say things with shapes and colors I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
Shapes and colors dominated the paintings of Korea based artist Sejin Park for her first New York solo show “Won-Kyung” at Doosan Gallery. AF had the chance to have a few words with Park about her art. She explained that the scenes of her landscapes and subjects are culled from memory. There is no actual picture or moment as it comes down to a personal artistic impression. Won-Kyung is a Korean word for “perspective in distance”. Park makes her signature of exploring the play on perspective and pale light obscuring forms.
Park has a penchant for using extracted colors from natural or organic materials to start on a canvas such as cherries or roses that temper a unique intensity in her paintings. The effect is a powerful palette with an underlying softness that is partially typical to the character of Asian art. She made a golden field with the layered brush strokes swirling in the manner of Van Gogh but the paint is thinly applied. On top of it is a donkey providing a whimsical touch on the otherwise clean landscape. The face of the animal is obscured as something viewed from afar and with the light hitting it that certain details will be obliterated. A rural scene of a duck farm gets a gritty treatment from the cherries used as a base color dotting the pale gray landscape of impressionistic twigs, a huddled farmer walking amidst the white outlined ducks, and the crisscrossed ground mitigating an earth plane to anchor the scene. For the natural material like the cherries to adhere to the canvas, she used the organic glue made from animal bones which turns into a gelatinous mixture to be applied.
Perspective is a tricky thing. However when taken into a more flexible plane and with a whimsical touch that it becomes a genius by product of sheer imagination. Park has crafted scenery and a landscape that comes from her mind’s perspective. It is not hindered or limited by reality based logic. It is with this liberal sense of play in perspective that Park is respectful of it but continues to push the boundaries with her art. There are no words to quantify what her paintings express – it is in the visual of a unique artist that we’re drawn to see the world differently.
Sejin Park: Won-Kyung / On View: November 15 – December 15, 2012
Gallery Schedule: Tuesday – Saturday (10 am – 6:00 pm)
Doosan Gallery New York. 533 West 25th Street. NYC, NY 10011
art review by: Oscar A. Laluyan
art images c/o Doosan Gallery courtesy of the artist
event photography by: Deukyun Hwang