Exhibition – Bongsu Park: Emanate
Bongsu Park’s work seeks to address the fundamental questions of existence. Rather than applying a scientific or logical approach where analysis seeks resolution, she utilises organic forms to explore the act of creation, birth and decay. Her works include seeds organically sprouting from a hanging pouch, human limbs emerging out of knitted canvases, and cubes – danced with and within. In CUBE, the human form leaves an imprint or facsimile. The organic body may pass, decay, evaporate, and yet a trace element remains. An outline, a memory.
The irony of containment, within a seed or a cube (one organic, the other a human construct), is that whilst it nurtures it also restricts. She juxtaposes these two distinct views in both GERM and CELL where escape is simultaneously a process of birth but also a struggle for liberation. This apparent contradiction is a constant reminder of our vulnerability and mortality. Liberation, and through it expression, is only achieved through a struggle. Through that struggle, meaning emanates.
For Park, the work of art (or indeed, of an artist) may itself be fragile, organic, temporal. By experimenting with a dynamic range of media including photography, installations and videos, she seeks to grasp the fundamental aspects of birth, relationships, solitude, life and decay, where no scientific analysis would be satisfactory.
Born 1981 in South Korea
The artist lives and works in London, UK
2010-2013 The Slade School of Fine Art, University College of London, UK, Master of Fine Art Media
2007-2009 Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, France (Bordeaux School of Fine Arts),
DNAP (Diplôme National d’Arts Plastiques- National Diplome in Plastic Arts), Bachelor of Fine Art
2000-2004 Sangmyung University, South Korea, Bachelor of Photography and Fine Art
2013 Solo Exhibition (Mokspace Gallery, London, United Kingdom)
2005 Solo Exhibition (Absinthe, Osaka, Japan)
Solo Exhibition (The Gaori Gallery, Osaka, Japan)
Selected Group Exhibitions
2013 “The Slade Shows’13″, Slade School of Fine Art, London, United Kingdom)
“IN THE VOID” (The Crypt gallery- St Pancras Church, London, UK)
2012 “ASC Erlang House Open Studions 2012″ (ASC studio, London, UK)
“Penumbra” (Bermondsey project space, London, United Kingdom)
2011 “Grotesque Genome” (Mokspace gallery, London, United Kingdom)
“Slade MA/MFA Interim Show 2011″ (Slade Research Centre, London, UK)
2010 “Hors Champs” (l’espace culturel Maurice Druon, Coutras, France)
2009 “Legends Urbaines” (International Art Festival Evento off, Bordeaux, France)
“PB X PB” (Centre Social et Culturel Réseau Paul Bert, Bordeaux, France)
2003 “Degree Show” (Jongro Gallery, Seoul, Korea)