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The Dennos Museum Center presents the first solo museum exhibition in the United States of the works of Seungmo Park of Seoul, Korea, featuring his meticulously cut MAYA imagery and aluminum wire wrapped sculptural forms.
The MAYA (meaning “illusion” in Sanskrit) are created by layering slightly out of line and separated sheets of wire mesh. After sketching the outline of the image on to the mesh, he cuts thought the layers to varying depths to create more or less density of wire cross hatching, which when lit from behind results in images that may look transparent, illusory, or shadowy. (See photo below)
Park’s sculptural works are drawn from ‘models’ found around him – a person, a piano or a motorcycle. He treats them without distinction as to their nature, living or inanimate. In his world, they become a wire wrapped cast fiberglass form transformed into a work of art. (See photo above)
Seungmo Park’s work is influenced by years of study in India where he stayed at meditation center from 1995 – 2001. Writing about Seungmo’s art works, Gim Jong-gil, art critic and curator in the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in Korea states, “Their conceptual concerns appear to address the differences between reality, existence, illusion, imitation and reproduction, while their visual characteristics parallel the avant-garde of new form sculpture.”
Park himself refers to a dream he had where he meets a young woman, and then from that experience goes on to create the MAYA works as a way of exploring ideas of reality and illusion.
Gallery hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm. Open until 8pm Thurs.
Image above: “Grand Piano,” by Seungmo Park.
[Cropped] Image Below: “Maya,” by Seungmo Park.