Yonsook Park
February 25 - March 28, 2008
Gallery 456
Exhibition Statement

Yunsook Park recycles often overlooked everyday images and objects in her painting. Such mundane elements are discovered and transformed not to overthrow the act of creation but to reinstate painting as a means of contemplation and an artist as a pure creator in the commercially cultivated art environment.

Park has created several bodies of works that reflect her interest in the relations between word and painting and contain questions about the meaning of painting and the role of the artists. The bold and yet intricate usage of word into painting stands out as her visual methods, often bringing a sense of wit when it comes to how the actual piece has been executed.

The exhibit will include her continued series of Good Luck Project that configures lucky numbers and words by collaging bits of New York lottery instant game tickets, the monthly paintings titled BEST IF bearing the self-expiring date on the very day of execution and Repeated Definition-01 that inscribes the phrase “NOT FOR INDIVIDUAL SALE” on the diptychs and triptychs Park has purchased on e-Bay.

Visually pleasing and meaningfully questioning, the paintings by Yunsook Park are diligent, meticulous, repetitive and persistent.

Yunsook Park studied Korean Literature and Language at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea and Fine Art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at Kwanhoon Gallery in Seoul and a two-person show at PS122 Gallery in New York. Her work has been featured at various international art fairs including Miami, Toronto and Beijing. She received grants from Urban Artist Initiative/ New York City and Arts Council Korea. She currently lives and works in New York and Seoul.

Image: Amazing 8's, 2007, collage and acrylic on canvas, 26 x 22 inches

Chinese-American Arts Council/ Gallery 456 is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Yunsook Park. The exhibition opens on February 25 and remains on view through March 28, 2008. Opening reception is Friday, February 29, 6 - 8 pm.