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"Soo Sunny Park’s Bio-Structure: Metra Geo"
2003-06-20 until 2003-09-07
Laumeier Sculpture Park
St. Louis, MO, USA United States of America

The Kranzberg St. Louis Exhibition Series is generously underwritten by Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Kranzberg and will focus on artists in the St. Louis region. St. Louis emerging artist Soo Sunny Park has been selected for the 2003 inaugural summer exhibit. The opening reception is followed by an outdoor concert by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra at 8:30pm. Both the reception and the concert are free and open to the public.

Soo Sunny Park’s work is informed by the cyclical nature of life, her analysis of childhood memories, her cultural and scientific explorations, and her incredible inclination to intrigue audiences. Soo Sunny Park’s site-specific installation created for Laumeier will envelop four galleries transforming and dissecting the spaces with organic and architectural forms. The installation is titled Bio-Structure: Metra Geo. Director Glen P. Gentele said, "We are most grateful to Nancy and Kenneth Kranzberg for their longtime support of Laumeier Sculpture Park, and their support of the arts in the St. Louis region. Soo Sunny Park’s exhibition is a tribute to their vision."

According to the artist, "Space, a condition of physical objects, depends on constant flow of time. Within this continuous duration of time and space, there exists an indestructible force that brings renewal, which is the consistent cycle of nature. The cycle of nature is the system we inhabit; it seems temporal yet stable, invisible yet envelops the earth. My work has been dealing with the notion of cycle, how opposing sides become one in the physical and psychological territory." Laumeier’s exhibition is participatory. Although there are proposal drawings and small models for the viewer to look it in one gallery, the gallery installations must be seen through exploration through a fabricated, transparent lens of triangulated arches and columns. The viewer walks in, around and through the installation.

Soo Sunny Park is considered one of the most talented young emerging artists in St. Louis. Born in Seoul, Korea, Soo Sunny Park moved to the U.S. at the age of nine. Soo Sunny received her BFA From Columbus College of Art And Design, and a Masters from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Park moved to St. Louis after completing the prestigious Summer Residency Program at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine (2000). She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Chicago, New York, St. Louis, Ohio, Michigan and Florida. Awards received include the Joan Mitchell Foundation M.F.A. Grant, the Skowhegan Scholarship, the 2000 First Place Award in the Nineteenth Annual Michigan Arts Competition and "Best of St. Louis 2001, Best Sculptor" Critics’ Choice Award, Riverfront Times.

Soo Sunny Park
Maquette for Bio-Structure:
Metra Geo, 2003

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