specific installation by Ga Hae 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 exhibition method.
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
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.
or the Tenri show Bjarnason incorporates his interest in space,
light, and line that work in tandem to produce sensitive assays
into dimensionality. His works on canvas or on paper synthesize
drawing, printing and painting into the same work.
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