Whistle is pleased to announce the opening of Peculiar Weather, a solo exhibition by Min ha Park, from Friday 12 June to Saturday 18 July 2020. This exhibition will feature 12 new paintings and light sculptures.
Min ha Park (b.1984) selects generalized landscapes and its sentiments as her material for painting. Park expands the border of landscape, from casually passed scenery to its direct contact with the body, the light becomes the protagonist in her paintings. Overlaying a nearby object, or the form of another phenomenon, light is revealed as an organic shape.
As in Sun Gone (2019), previous works portrayed the landscape through the afterimage of air, light, and sound on the human body such as skin and membrane. The works in this solo exhibition focus on a scene of entangled weather and emotion. As the artist feels it, the climate of late is air full of particulate matter and early dawn's humidity. Park reconstructed this suffocating emotion felt while driving through muggy dawn through her unique brushwork and colors.
Park distorts her landscapes in intense colors, but in titles such as Pea Soup Fog (2020), AM Stop Light (2020), one can recall reality it is referencing. The red stoplight stretched out through a foggy window, and drifting dust is portrayed in blisteringly-bright colors. Park paradoxically expressed the ennui of the landscape through almost neon pigments. Viewers rediscover the strenuous weather through the changing texture of the brushwork at different angles of perspective, and the layers of paint applied in strata.
Min ha Park received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts and her MFA from Yale University and is currently active in Seoul. She has held solo exhibitions at ONE AND J. Gallery (2019, Seoul), Skibum MacArthur (2016, LA), and Alter Ego (Seoul, 2016). She has participated in group exhibitions at Whistle, AALA Gallery, Common Center, and more.
Press release courtesy Whistle.