Artist Statement -

Park, Shin-Hye

Born in Daegu, Korea
Master of Fine Arts, Graduate School of Hong-lk Univ., Seoul, Korea
Freie Kunst, Gesamthochschule Kassel, Univ., des Landes Hessen,

Present Lecturer at Hankyong National Univ., Korea

An Attempt to Perceive:Nature, Life and Humanity

An Artistic expression is for me an act of confirming what I have perceived, namely what I have to know while seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling endlessly in the midst of daily life.

What is especially important in my work is how I have progressed to know nature. Nature is a starting point of understanding about life, humanity, and somthing called living as one experiances. It is also a place for an empirical, not ideological, understanding of God.

Equilibrium is a divine state. Thus, God must have created the universe in his attributes. Now we conceive equilibrium as broken and are feeling a pain from the wound.

Then an artistic act is, at least for me, a reflection upon such a reality and embodies a meaning for healing.


I feel a deep compassion for Ahnsan, which is suffering from a serious pathological symptom called ¡®development,¡¯ and in turn often affirm in my mind that I will leave it quickly. However, something seems to be holding me back in such a way that I cannot make the move. This may be because I find a part of myself as I stealthily take a glance or two from the mode of life in this world. In other words, it is likely due to the fact that we, the humans, are pathologically inclined towards trends of enjoying ourselves while plainly observing and feeling our own sufferings. Isn¡¯t it strange to discover beauty in perishing nature? Why is it that the dying Sari Silt and the Pori Salina are gruesomely beautiful?
This is because I see a new image of life in the deep inside of the dark sea, the very sea that is dying pale.
What a painful day after day!
Until the soft sea bottom cracks and hardens,
Innumerable lives embraced by such a vast bosom are dead resulting in
the separation from that bosom,
That immeasurable thirst and hours in need of drink,
Heart pains of implanting new land lives in her womb,

Above the sea,
Over the death on the silt,
Is the sky.

Artist Exhibitions

Park, Shin?]Hye
Born in Daegu, Korea
Master of Fine Arts, Graduate School of Hong?]lk Univ., Seoul, Korea
Freie Kunst, Gesamthochschule Kassel, Univ., des Landes Hessen,Germany

Solo Exhibitions
1991 Lichthof der Brandkasse Kassel, Germany
1992 Werkstatt Galerie Kassel, Germany
1992 Offenes Wohnzimmer, Kassel, Germany
1993 Gallery Boda, Seoul, Korea
1995 Gallery Grimsi, Suwon, Korea
1995 Gallery Fine, Ansan, Korea
1997 Gallery Seoho, Seoul, Korea
1997 Gallery Grimsi, Suwon, Korea
1998 Kepco Plaza Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1998 Gallery Artnet, Suwon, Korea
1999 Gallery Artnet, Suwon, Korea
2000 Gallery Insa, Seoul, Korea
2000 Gallery Artside, Seoul, Korea
2002 Suwon municipal exhibition hall, korea
2007 Alternative Artspace ?gNoon?h, Suwon, Korea
2008 Broadway Gallery, NY, U.S.A.
2008 Gallery Gora, Montreal, Canada
2008 Gallery Gac, Seoul, Korea
2009 Alternative Artspace ?gNoon?h, Suwon, Korea

Art Fair
2001 Biennale Internazionale Dell'arte Contemporane Firenze, (Firenze, Italy)
2003 Kunstmesse Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria )
2006 International Inchon Women Artists< Biennale (Incheon, Korea)
2006 Art Basel Miami Beach (Online Presentation at NY magazine< booth)
2007 Kunstmesse Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria )
2008 Golden Eyes Art Fair 2008, Coex, (Seoul, Korea)
2009 Sightly International Art Festival, Takasaki City Gallery, (Takasaki,Japan)

Group Exhibitions
1990 9.Edition der Ghk 1990 (Kassel, Germany)
1991 Kunst in Marburg (Marburg, Germany)
1996 New york Exhibition of Korean Women Artist Association
(NOHO Gallery, U.S.A.)
1996 The Korea Contemporary Artist's Exhibition (National Museum, Mongolia)
1997 Australia Exhibition of Korean Women Artist Association
(Gallery 101 Annexe, Australia)
1999 Seoul Print Art Fair 99 (Seoul Arts Center, Korea)
1999 Naju International Art Festival (Dongshin Univ., Naju, Korea)
2000 Kyangju Biennale Special Exhibition?]
"Forest of Human Beings, Forest og Painting", (Kyangju, Korea)
2000 Les Gravures Contemporaines Coreennes
(Centre culturel Coreen, Paris, France)
2002 Eastern and Western Expressions,(Jadite Galleries, New York)
2002 Women's International Conference (El paso, Texas, U.S.A.)
2002 1st International Saloon of Contemporary Artists,
(Hangar K7 in Oeiras, Portugal)
2005 Galerie Boehner (Mannheim, Germany)
2006 Galerie Marziart (Hamburg, Germany)
2006 Color Elefante Gallery in Valencia, Spain ("Sleep")
2006 Broadway Gallery in New York, U. S. A. ("Apple")
2007 Asian Overview, Il Ramo d'oro,( Napoli, Italy)
2008 Korea?]Middle East Forum ?gThe Beauty of Korea?h Special Exhibition
Exhibition hall of Cairo Opera House, (Cairo, Egypt)
2008 Asian Overview, Il Ramo d'oro, (Roma, Italy)
2009 SACRED PLANET, Medieval castle of Monteverde Irpino,(Italy)
2009 Kreis, Sempio Space, (Ichon Korea)
2009 Kreis, Space With Artist, Heyri, (Paju, Korea)
2009 Open Studio, (Ansan Korea)
2010 Cycle, Recycle, Interalia, (Seoul, Korea)
2011 "Canned Oxygen" icosahedron Gallery, (New York, U. S. A.)

Artist Publications

reviewed Ebb and Flow -Jill Smith

“Though seemingly unchanging, the elements of water,sand, and sky are actually in a constant state of flux.”

Korean painter ShinHye Park’s recent soloexhibition at NewYork’s Broadway Gallerycan only be describedas eloquent.A showcase for herongoing series ofcarefully cropped vistasof ocean tides caressingsandy shores,the show evidenced aZen-like sensibility intheme, style, and curatorialapproach. Thepaintings themselves,almost obsessive intheir unyielding preoccupationwith thesea, waves, and desertedbeaches, togetherproduced apowerful sense of thepassage of time through a series of slowmotion freeze frames. Walking through theexhibit was like taking a stroll by the sea.Park believes that nature is the point of departurein trying to understand the meaningof life, so it comes as no surprise that shewould be drawn to two of mother nature’sbasic elements: land and sea. Her minimalpalette—sandy whites, stormy grays, saltyaquamarines—also speaks to her thematicpreoccupation.Conceptually, Park’s minimalist approachsuggests a penchant for the symbolicand the abstract, and it would be amistake to label her a photorealist or alandscape painter. Through her simpleyet decidedly sophisticated canvases, shesucceeds in apprehending a sense of spirituality,a communion with God or anotherhigher being that one may experience inmeditation. Much like the Tibetan monkswho focus all of their attention on onemandala for extended periods of time,Park draws a singular focus upon the imageof the sea, in all of its detailed minutiae.Though seemingly unchanging, the elementsof water, sand, and sky are actually ina constant state of flux. With each lappingof a wave, each washing of the shore, andeach change of tide, the colors and shapesof the natural environmentare altered,and Park seeks tocapture its ephemeralmoods.The exhibitionitself was installedwith great curatorialsensitivity and presentedthe paintingsin a manner thathighlighted theirsubtle effects. Hungsalon-style in groupsof three or four,each small canvaswas allowed to resonatewith the othersaround it while stillfunctioning as partof a larger meditationon how innervisions can translateinto external representations and vice versa.Ultimately, it is a sense of equilibrium thatPark seeks to express, and she equates thissense of inner peace and quiet balance tothe attainment of a “divine state.” The factthat these realist paintings transform themselvesbefore our eyes into abstractionsin which we perceive not only the imagesthemselves, with all their subtle variationsof color and form, but also the feelings ofsolitude and pensive contemplation theyengender, speaks to Park’s ability to capturethe spiritual on canvas.


By Tchera Niyego

Shin-Hye Park’s images of the waterfronts; ever so changing, yet studied and experimented with precarious repetition by the artist over years of patience and loyalty, is no vacation spot you’ve been dreaming to take a long, relaxed time out at. On many moments of the impossible while Park might have been during developing a piece, yet when even the water is still and there’s a whole wide land of sand yet to swim, while paradoxically seeming quiet indeed a place and just when the viewer might fall into the wishful conclusion upon first impression of labeling it one thing or another, relax into it, and drop out, others will hear they are never going to be ready and from what I hear when unprepared, death don’t come pretty. Only incredibly rare few are ever prepared so we better assume it isn’t just pretty or just not. The general silent wisdom space on the surface of Park’s work keeps screaming with the longing and yearning of the Ancient of Days. Park reminds us that always is, yet never graspable.

In the images of the very meeting point of the shore in close-ups where we see the water blending into dry land and there are no open deep seas or any air of the skies, the foam of the sea is ever so close to that breath of air and the voice of the beloved. Fundamentally of darkness pre white, irrational, unrestrained, unreliable devouring quality is accessible most here. Oddly enough Shin-Hye Park’s close-ups of the shore are details reminding there’s always an open door calling one back to the essential nature of things.

This is unconventional and unique in Park’s work as her clear memory and persistent repetition in reminding one of this open door to the Infinite that is the essential nature of all things is in every moment. Park’s dream-like perception is spontaneously what we are fooled to be real. The fact that Park knows to long for further clarifying her dream into perfection in every detail tells me she is not a terribly white-knuckled grasper on the belief of things being real in an absolute sense. Park’s work rather mirrors transparency and the artist does it with the very tools of basic human senses and nature as its sense gates; the only door in town available for us all to explore entering into what’s beyond perfection and imperfection and all contrasts. Park is sincere and authentic in hermost meaningful of struggles seeking equilibrium and she is a generous artist in keeping us posted on her progress with simplicity.

Shin-Hye Park’s work titled “Number 8” previously exhibited at Broadway Gallery NYC in a traveling group show context titled “Apple II” dealing with temptation which I had the pleasure of curating, has great significance in the whole of her work. In Park’s piece “Number 8” which the artist had composed of 9 panels, we see that although naturally not devoid of the traps of habit and on the contrary with the embodiment of habit, we could say, as Eve in the up-close left of the centerpiece and the eight remaining panels surrounding Eve suggests two directions. However Shin-Hye Park’s path is decidedly going one way and not any other. Park empowers the viewer into the re-cognition of the vast dissimilarity indeed like it has been interpreted before however the word is that this dissimilarity is not of this world as we breathe and live in it versus another one in the state of perfection that existed once upon a time, or that exists somewhere else. Our very own mind’s habits coax us back into splitting things apart time and again. As Adams and Eves we are so habituated into splitting ourselves into two’s into infinitum that we forget questioning it and yearning, longing and seeking the Unity of the two directions. Park stands clear in her choice of unsettling into so-called reality.

Simple and Plain Pictures during the Age of Opulence
Simple and Plain Pictures during the Age of Opulence are the Reason Why I love Works of Shin-Hye Park
Kang , Sung-Won/Art Critic
1. A concept and theory are intrinsically ideological.
They are true in one respect but false when observed from the other side. This view has haunted me recently and I plan to think about it further.
People have produced durable materials (e.g., nylon) in a more improved manner as time goes by, materials that last long and do not wear out easily. And it is said that the future is becoming more and more an age of design. Designs generate a desire for consumption. I am told that it takes quite a while for plastic things, things made to last long, to wear out completely in this world; how can I discard them well if I am going to replace them with the newly designed materials? My unwillingness to discard them causes a confusion in the midst of abundance, which, I turn, boggles my mind.
That which is abundant fatigues me. In this world it is hard for many things to disappear. A4coordingly, fruits of consciousness are plentiful. Falsehood and truth grow abundantly while it is getting harder and harder for the two to disappear. Isn't there a way for them to disappear beautifully and completely? I admit my fear that only the complexity of my consciousness, after my death, might continue to stay and disturb the society.
... It is true that, by nature, oil paintings, Installations and object art contained too many strong and uncomfortable ideas and feelings. I was never convinced that such fact conveyed one distinct meaning. A certain feeling is, however, aroused while studying the works of Shin-Hye Park. An apprehension is awakened: the central genre of the present day world of paintings has been, and more so recently, a mountain of the expressions of unprofitable and unpleasant consciousness or of only the mental and psychological reflections of the masses upon their own desires. These are filled with feelings of joy, anger, sorrow and/or pleasure, and they are the very desires that have become from any angle disgusted, distorted, and ferocious. So, it has become clear that they are the products of viral knowledge and senses which are filled, like the garbage of a hospital, with filth and medicinal trash.
Could it be that Minimalism probably owes to such feeling, regardless of its ideological basis, its lasting attraction that arouses interests in the mind of people simply through its visible images? However, could Minimalism be a face of complicated ideas with an image of simplicity? What other name could be used for a picture when produced by an image that is based on the most plain feelings and ideas, if it is not Minimalism?
Presently my mind aspires after simplicity. Is such an aspiration an impulse of the moment that merely passes? Will anyone love the drawings on the basis of a sheer impulse with a good reason-nothing but a peace fitting for a condition of awareness that is wearied by a culture? World peace may be only a compromised moment of standstill in the midst of disturbance, caused by conflicts of awareness: thus, if there is no true peace, then are the works of Shin-Hye Park nothing but a naïve story that adorns the tranquility of the moment?
2. If a process that marks off a vast space, creating new spaces and dividing them into small rooms, is the process of knowledge and industry, then the drawing world of Shin-Hye Park is said to be a process of erasing such partitioned spaces, divisions of ideologies, and mediating point of consciousness.
It is claimed that the more she erases, the more a resemblance to nature appears, and from the erased partitions emerges equability of feeling, not of ideology. It has a feeling of emptying the heart which is being erased just like innumerable memories, including human footprints. That has been erased from slit on the seashore. The opulent image she wishes to convey is a scene of simple human being who resembles a refreshing sea fragrance coming from that erased space of the emptied heart.
She seems to have chosen the charcoal work, because it is the most basic way of creating the type of drawings that she wants. Charcoal enables her to draw impromptu her ideas and feeling without a serious attempt to untangle their skeins.
She believes that abundance and diversity are things that form and disappear naturally. In fact, such interpretations and explanations do not do justice to her pictures. To that extent, her drawings endeavor to be pictures of a small epic of many a year ago.
There is, however, a certain movement in her small epics. It moves towards to ideology. It is a combination of the movement of a spatial horizon that attempts to open spatial closure and of the axis of the depth. The movement is not, in fact, visible to all, but anyone who is able to enter into her picture and, thus, into that equability senses the door. A knob of door is not presented, but people who group and attempt to open the door will find an interest in her drawing.
3. People in the world live with different horizons and contents of their own awareness. These horizons provide a space for each individual to join others of like mind: however this space ...

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