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Jihyun Park
updated: 05/20/2009
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Uptown,Uptown
Downtown Manhttan
Uptown,Uptown
Ash Cloud
Columbian Cloud
Deer Tree
Early Winter
Over the Mountain
Spring Tree
Brooklyn Cloud
Summer Tree
Teddy
Tunnel
ZZZ
Winter Garden
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual
 
 
Uptown,Uptown by Jihyun Park
Uptown,Uptown
incense stick
2006
36" x  216"  x 48" 
Downtown Manhttan by Jihyun Park
Downtown Manhttan
incense stick
2004
Dimensions variable
Uptown,Uptown by Jihyun Park
Uptown,Uptown
incense stick, found object
2007
27" x  31"  x 11" 
Ash Cloud by Jihyun Park
Ash Cloud
burned rice paper on canvas
2007
81" x  57" 
Columbian Cloud by Jihyun Park
Columbian Cloud
burned rice paper on canvas
2007
57" x  81" 
Deer Tree by Jihyun Park
Deer Tree
burned rice paper on canvas
2007
15 3/4" x  20" 
Early Winter by Jihyun Park
Early Winter
burned rice paper on canvas
2007
10" x  15 3/4" 
Over the Mountain by Jihyun Park
Over the Mountain
burned rice paper on canvas
2007
10" x  15 3/4" 
Spring Tree by Jihyun Park
Spring Tree
burned rice paper on canvas
2007
81" x  57" 
Brooklyn Cloud by Jihyun Park
Brooklyn Cloud
burned rice paper on canvas
2007
81" x  57" 
Summer Tree by Jihyun Park
Summer Tree
burned rice paper on canvas
2007
81" x  57" 
Teddy by Jihyun Park
Teddy
burned rice paper on canvas
2007
81" x  57" 
Tunnel by Jihyun Park
Tunnel
burned rice paper on canvas
2007
57" x  81" 
ZZZ by Jihyun Park
ZZZ
burned rice paper on canvas
2007
57" x  81" 
Winter Garden by Jihyun Park
Winter Garden
Burned Korean paper on canvas
2009
80" x  56" 

Artist Statement
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

Solo Exhibition

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

Group Exhibition

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

Bibliography

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  

Education

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