Gahae Park
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Artist Statement

My work fuses the raw material of music into visual, emotional and intellectual forms by drawing with cut paper, shaping and layering positive and negative space into rhythms. The paper is meticulously cut and composed, opened and closed, with a focus on creating lines that specify coherent patterns of light and shadows on a grid, forming a visual musical structure. In essence, the paper itself becomes the instrument that draws light into visual musical patterns.

Each piece, which is part of the individual work, is a component, much like a movement, that comprises a larger integrated work with the theme of the ambient statement. Sound, light and physical process, whether subjective or objective, through inference, are all interrelated and consistent within this statement. I combine my paper work with the sound and structure of music.

My art is that an independent self-conscious, self-constructing novel patterns with the constrains of predetermined boundaries of time and nature. Through space,time, sound and life itself, I express and represent the intervals that define my being. Music is taken for inspiration, as manifest of the continuous river which bridges the layers of emotional, intellectual, physical and metaphysical.

I use music as my inspiration. I translate sound into linear patterns that can be interpreted as either a visual image in terms of a language to be deciphered and read. Listening to music, I feel a space that flows like river. This space is a real physical space. It is an abstract and metaphysical realm for me. Music, by evoking that abstract space, inspires me to create new spaces through my art. A visual sound of a diagram is related to a heartbeat with a feelings.

Exhibition History at Gallery 456
2016Gahae Park Solo Exhibition
Works & History
2014Nabi Musem of the Arts, NJ, USA( SOLO SHOW)
Shade of Time, Queens Museum of Art, New York
2013Tomkins Square NY, Public Library Gallery, New york( SOLO SHOW)
inside Out, Flatle, Kentler International Drawing Space, NY
Neo Composion, Yegam art Space, New York
2012POLLOCK KRASNER FOUNDATION GRANT AWARD ( 2012)
HUTCHENS GALLERY, LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK( SOLO SHOW)
2011A Gatherring of Tribes Gallery, New York (2 person Show)
International Paper Art Biennial, Sofia, Bulgaria
Be One, Tompkins Square Library Gallery , New York
Drawing into Air, Maum Gallery,New York
Quite Places, Bronx Art Space, New York
It's all good, Sideshow gallery, New York
2010 LAB GALLERY ( SOLO SHOW )
CHASING DREAMS 56, MAUM GALLERY, NEW YORK
TREASURES FROM THE MYTHOLOGY, YEGAM GALLERY, NEW YORK
2009FACE AND FACTS, KOREA CULTURAL ART CENTER, NEW YORK
SPRING FEVER, CLOSTER ART CENTER, NJ
2008TENRI CULTURAL INSTITUE, NEW YORK( SOLO SHOW)
VISUAL SOUND, CLOSTER ART CENTER, NJ
2007SAINT PETER'S CHURCH( SOLO SHOW)
KOREA NOW, HUTCHINS GALLERY, NEW YORK
PROJECT DIVERSITY QUEENS, JAMAICA CENTER, NEW YORK
2006THE EDWARD F. ALBEE FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP AWARD( 2006)
POLLOCK KRASNER FOUNDATION GRANT AWARD ( 2006)
2005BRONX RIVER ART CENTER, NEW YORK( SOLO SHOW)
UNWONTED COMPOSITE, KOREA CULTURAL SERVICE, NEW YORK
2002TALLER BORICUA GALLERY, NEW YORK( SOLO SHOW)
2001STEPHEN GANG GALLERY, NEW YORK ( SOLO SHOW)
2000ENVIRONMENTALLY CONCERNED ,2, BRONX RIVER ART CENTER, NEW YORK
THIS EARTH IS FLOWER, INTERNATIONAL ARTIST MUSEUM, POLAND
1999CONFLUENT OF CULTURES, PRATT MANHATTERN GALLERY, NEW YORK
ART OMI FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP AWARD( 1999)
1997SOUND AND POEM, NEW GALLEEY, PRATT INSTITUTE
1994HONG IK SCULPTURE EXHIBITION ( 94- 88 ), KOREA ART CENTER, KOREA
1989SITUATION, TIME, SPACE, SONHMOO GALLERY, KOREA
FUSION 21, SOONAMOO GALLEEY, KOREA
1986INDEPENDANTS, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, SEOUL, KOREA