J.PARK Trajectory at SHIN Gallery, New York

J.PARK / Trajectory / SHIN Gallery, New York

May 4 to June 17 2018

This exhibition – the first solo exhibition of artist J. PARK (b.1966) at Shin Gallery – displays a body of his recent paintings and video installations within the framework of omnipresent technology. Over three years he has divided his concept into themes: Encoding (2015), Maze of Onlookers (2016), and his latest, Embodiment (2017). Each approach synthesizes an array of media, such as painting, installation, photograph, and video; showcasing his artistic, visual experiments to his audience.  PARK’s unique incorporation of digital forms using the coded computing system is his signature style. PARK begins his work with an impression taken from the real world which he then digitally deconstructs into pixels and planes. This process allows for him to create multidimensional virtual layers which, while derived from imagery, take on their own abstract representation. In essence, PARK forges a new reality, completely disconnected from the original image. Selected CCTV installation from the Maze of Onlookers series reveal the structural issues of modern society characterized by the random and imposed mass exposure to technology, and surveillance. J.PARK’s industrial installation holds monitors of various sizes, each projecting anonymous CCTV footage. CCTV was a service aimed to protect the public through monitoring crime. Over time it has transformed into a tool, which arguably violates one’s basic right to privacy. Maze of Onlookers uses pixelated imagery that reflects our passive nature; overlooking how people exploit digital advancement services because of their seemingly distant effects. J.PARK’s exhibited works from this show strongly refined his voice and set a trajectory to face unprecedented issues around both the active and passive consumption of technology.

Images © Courtesy SHIN GALLERY | 68 Orchard St. New York, NY