After reading the books Gulliver’s Travels, Utopia, and Erewhon and seeing the Japanese animated movie Castle in the Sky, I became inspired to develop a relationship between the concept of utopia and the materials that I use in my work. My recent work, Incense Series, focuses on this relationship while searching for the promised harmonic balance that utopia brings. Ironically, the word “utopia” in Korean is “Yi Sang Hwang” and “Hwang” means “incense”. In My current incense drawings, I use lit incense sticks to burn holes in rice paper. I then mount the final drawings onto varnished canvases. The burning of the incense sticks creates emptiness where there once was substance, both in the stick itself and the paper used. At the same time, the emptiness creates space in the paper and empty spaces show new image.The holes in the paper allow one’s eye to see shadows while at the same time light is reflected back from the varnished canvas. This balance of dark and light, emptiness and substance is the essence of ‘Yin’ and ‘Yang’ and through this balance utopia is achieved.
The subjects addressed in my work range from the natural world to memories of the past, reflecting the constant physical and emotional changes in our environment. It is my hope that the “moments” I captures of my subjects are ones when they are at their most ideal– true utopias. While drawing them with the incense, I am “holding” a split moment of harmony in my hands.
Artist Bio / CV
2007 Utopia, Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea 2006 New commission, Art in General, New York, NY 2003 “Hall of Verbal Fun”, Project ’03, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY 1997 "Verbal Fun", Duck Won Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2008 My Little/ Membrane, Nurture Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Real Illusions, Gana Art New York, New York, NY 2007 The Shape of Things to Come, Redhead LMCC, New York, NY Cue art Foundation Residency Program Open Studio, New York, NY 2006 Queens International 2006, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY Bringing Up, Gallery Korea, New York, NY 2005 It’s a small world, Gallery The, Brooklyn, NYIn/Flux Chinatown, Asian art initiative, Philadelphia, PA 2004 Aljira Emerging Show, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ Sight Unseem, Fish Tank Gallery, Brooklyn, NY LMCC/Workspace Residency Program open studio, New York, NY 2003 Group Show, Rush Art Gallery, New York, NY 2002 “In looking”, store front installation, LMCC, New York, NY Installation, Bates Museum, Skowhegan, ME ARTOY, Mouri Gallery, Tokyo, Japan The iconoscopic manner of idiosyncratice attributes, Star 67 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY The Expression of an Era-Eye and Hand, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Fellowship & Award
2007 NYFA Fellowship Award, New York Foundation for the Arts, NY 2002 ‘Aljira Emerge 2003’, a professional Development Fellowship Program for Emerging Artists, NJ 2002 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Fellowship, Skowhegan, ME
2008 Park, Jihyun. “Uptown, Uptown.” Art in General New commissions Program Book Series, Vol.VI 2007 Goodman, Jonathan. “Jihyun Park” Sculpture, (April, 2007) Review, pp. 66
2002 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME 2002 MFA School of Visual Arts, New York, NY 1996 MFA Fine Arts, Graduate School of Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea 1994 BFA Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts, Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea