Jun 8th 2022

Yoonshin Park: Finding Space: Artist Talk

@ NEIU Fine Arts Center Gallery

5500 N St. Louis Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, Building E

Opening Wednesday, June 8th, from 12PM - 2PM

On view through Friday, June 17th

Yoonshin Park

May 31-June 17, 2022

Artist Talk
12:00 p.m. (noon) Wednesday, June 8th

Finding Space

Abstracted from my journey, Finding Space narrates how surrounding environments are perceived through a stranger’s lens.
As a foreign transplant, the continuous and unavoidable contemplation of the sense of existence and being transient and uncertain about being outside my native country has been immanent while carrying on my practice. Along with those underlying thoughts, my steady interest in seeking material integrity and what revolves around the chosen materials has been guiding me to work on creating experiential projects when vocabulary is not enough nor suitable to convey subtle cultural and social nuances.
Since the installation’s first public appearance, multiple layers of dialogue have accumulated from the audience and my reflection on the process.
For this exhibition, I added partial figures to the series to reflect the recent years of experience with a shifted perspective while rendering the limited experiences of physical and emotional interactions.

Yoonshin Park is a Chicago based multimedia artist, curator, and educator working with sculptural papers, artist books, and installations. Her interest in the comprehensive process of papermaking and bookbinding caters her work to encompass various elements woven into complete objects. She often uses her experience as a foreign transplant to question space and its implications in defining one’s identity as the inspiration behind her work.

Park has shown at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Hyde Park Art Center, Bridgeport Art Center, and Art on Armitage in Chicago. She has also exhibited at Flex Space at the Riverside Art Center, Pablo Center and the AIR SPACE at Saint Kate Hotel in Wisconsin, Simyo Gallery in Seoul, Korea among other venues. Her curatorial projects were at Adds Donna, Blink Contemporary, and Woman Made Gallery.
She received her M.A. and M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been reviewed in the June issue of Sculpture Magazine in 2019. She currently teaches at Hyde Park Art Center and Evanston Art Center.
Park was born in Seoul, Korea, and currently resides in Chicago, IL.


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