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Beneath the Surface: Works by Nara Park & Sui Park image

Beneath the Surface: Works by Nara Park & Sui Park

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents Beneath the Surface, a new joint exhibition featuring Sui Park and D.C.-based Nara Park, two remarkable women artists whose deceptively life-like organic and physical installations bend our perceptions of nature, reality, and human beings’ place in an increasingly superficial world. 

Both artists share the use of cheap, disposable materials to create new natural forms, to infuse the appearance of life, and to overcome existing values. This exhibition strives to present visitors with an opportunity to reflect on life and death, creation and dissolution, and on nature and humanity—all of which are important and present in our lives, but are often overlooked. 

The opening reception event with talks by the artists on Friday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m. is free and open to the public, but registration is required (below). Beneath the Surface will remain on view through November 30, 2017. 

Beneath the Surface: Works by Nara Park & Sui Park
WHATArt exhibition, artist talks,Korean Refreshments and Complimentary Drink per Guest
WHO: Nara Park and Sui Park
WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday, November 3 at 6:00 pm 
On View: November 3-30, 2017 (open M-F, 9am-noon & 1:30-5:30pm)
WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
HOW: Free RSVP to the opening reception at the link below or by scrolling down. Walk-in visitors are welcome during regular hours.

NOTE: The opening program will start at 6:00 PM and Artist Talks will be 6:00-6:30 PM, and doors open at 5:30 PM.

About the Artists 

Nara Park’s immersive, expansive installations create the appearance of natural geological processes, but also present questions about the authenticity of the object and what lies beneath its perceived surface. The artist experienced the death of her father in her twenties and realized that, although the body may appear unchanged afterwards, it is just an empty shell without the spark of life. This experience helps connect the temporal nature of life and the superficial, disposable culture of modern society. To create her artwork, Park uses plastic disposable materials printed with natural surface textures. While using techniques of trompe l'oeil, or tricking the eye, Park does not seek to merely create a passable counterfeit of nature, but to give life to something obviously manufactured, thereby questioning the desires of outwardly-oriented people. 

Nara Park was born in Seoul, Korea and lives in Washington, D.C. She received her BFA in General Fine Arts in 2008 and her MFA in Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. She was awarded the Trawick Prize at the Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Young Artist Award, and was selected for the Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship (2015-2017). She participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the U.S. including at Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington, D.C.), Aqua Art Miami, Rush Arts Gallery (New York, NY), and Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans. 

Nara Park

Disillusioned I, plastic laminate, monofilament, 105'x 13.5' x 13.5', 2017

Nara Park

Disillusioned V, plexiglass mirror, monofilament, 51.5'x 38.5' x 9.5', 2017

Nara Park

Somewhere Here, wallpaper, dimensions variable, 2012

Nara Park

Promises II, foam, plaster, stone-textured paint, 24'x 24' x 1', 2017

Sui Park creates the uncanny appearance of three-dimensional living organisms, expressing the elegance and diversity of life forms that exist in nature. Many organisms are refined and specialized, but also constantly change and evolve. They also often want to settle down into consistency, reflecting how human lives are constantly changing, connecting, and evolving together. The main material of her work is the plastic cable strap, a non-permanent, easily consumable, mass-produced industrial item. Inexpensive and often considered disposable, this material can be linked and linked together to be reborn as a single life with new value. 

Sui Park is a New York -based artist born in Seoul, Korea. She received her MFA and BFA in Fiber Arts at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. After moving to the U.S., she received her BFA in Environmental Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011 and MDes in Interior Architecture at Rhode Island  School of Design in 2013. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions including at Platform -L Contemporary Art Center (Seoul), The International Biennale Paper Fiber Art edition 2017/18: ECO SUBLIME (Taiwan), Denise Bibro Fine Art Gallery (Chelsea, NY), Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) and The American Art Company (Tacoma, WA). For more information www.suipark.com 

Sui Park

Flow, black cable ties, monofilament, dimensions vary, 2015-2016

Sui Park

Thought Bubbles, white cable ties, 2014

Sui Park

Palate - Vermillion, hand-dyed cable ties, acrylic on panel, monofilament, 36'x 48', 2017

Sui Park

Palate - Bright Yellow, hand-dyed cable ties, acrylic on panel, monofilament, 36'x 48', 2017