This site specific installation consists of approximately 300 drawings and cut-outs set up in Tenri's monumental space to produce a frieze-like formation. Park's process involves translating sounds into visual harmonies of line, light and shade seen in her meticulous paintings and cut-outs.
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13 street, NYC proudly presents Gahae Park: Music
Painting Installations from October 24-November 22, 2008 with an opening reception
on Friday October 24, 2008 from 6-8PM.
This site specific installation by Park consists of approximately 300 drawings and
cut-outs set up in Tenri’s monumental space to produce a frieze-like formation.
Park’s titles Musical Drawings reflect her subject of inspiration; music. Park’s
process involves translating sounds into visual harmonies of line, light and shade
seen in her meticulous paintings and cut-outs. They are not literal analogies the
likes of which we saw in the work of the early twentieth century American artist Max
Weber or even the sensation packed teen images of Arthur Dove, Vasily Kandinsky.
Park’s paintings and cut outs although have the subject of music in common with
these great artists, are different in intent, visual vocabulary as well as
Park offers an entire environment that embraces the viewer as he enters the space transforming him into a protagonist in a play that is as much about music as it is about movement. Although painting is a static idiom, seen as a limitation by the early twentieth century modernists, Park has altered it into a rhythmical idiom through repetition and placement. Park’s installations must be experienced in time and are diachronic rather than synchronic.
Park’s pieces invite meditation, contemplation and prayer in their subdued meticulousness. The monochromous expanses of her grounds are juxtaposed against the subtle color of her lines and the cut out pieces that she’s folded into patterns that can be analogized to music or even to Braille. These cut out areas cast shadows that work in tandem with the color and paper line to produce complex visual sounds. Park aptly describes her art making process when she says “Cutting paper is my meditation and my way of making art.”
Park who earned her MFA from Pratt Institute in New York and her BFA from Hongik in Seoul has exhibited in many national and international venues since 1986. She has also enjoyed much critical acclaim in such platforms as Art in America, Art in Culture, the Brooklyn Rail, and Wolganmisool. Park has been awarded grants at the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Edward F. Albee Foundation and a residency at Art OMI.
opening at Tenri Friday October 24, 2008 from 6-8 pm
Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13th Street - New York