ArtGate Gallery is holding the first New York solo exhibition of Park, Sung Tae. Mr. Park will be featured in a two part series on February 24th to March 9th featuring his horse and bronze works and on March 10th to March 30th featuring human wire mesh works.
Artists are faced with and endless challenge to test the limits of visual arts by experimenting with techniques and concepts in order to break through the confinements of their respective contemporary genres. Painting, installations, and new media works that are created down the center plane have left an ephemeral mark in art history while artworks that transcend the conventional execution of imagination become part of it.
Mr. Park’s sculpture have captured the publics attention by infusing life to static structures. His belief that canvas and paint alone and inadequate in conveying his perception of emotion and spirit, has impelled him to create his current collection. The artworks clearly delineate yet envelope the independence of the physical being and the impression exuded.
The main subject of Mr. Park involves the human spirit, his experiences with death and tragedy has engulfed his desires to express the pain and suffering that may be forgotten when dealing with the passing of a stranger. Mr. Park’s work bring about sympathy from the audience personalizing the adversity. The figures resemble a manifestation of what the avatar may have witnessed during its life. Although soulless in isolation, the work’s initial inanimate representation is ultimately restored by Mr. Park’s visions.
Mr. Park uses fine wire mesh to create his installations, the delicately woven wires accentuate the contours of the figures while lights penetrate to cast shadows. The presence of shadows in the background begets the illusion of life and motion, liberating the spirit. His creations provide the audience with depth; the hollowness of each figure is revitalized by the shadows allowing us to grasp the soul that once inhabited the body.
The evolution of Mr. Park’s works has taken his wire mesh figures to another level by covering the mesh figures to another level by covering the mesh with polyurethane and white paint. The opaque form is cloaked in fabric that mirrors the shadow that are no longer visible. This incremental procedure creates a facade that encapsulates the inner being, creating a tangible existence.
Park Sung Tae
Feb 24th– Mar 30th, 2011