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b. 1984, South Korea

Min Ha Park Biography

Min Ha Park's films, installations, and abstract paintings are concerned with the interplay of fiction and reality, personal memories and perception, and sensory experiences of the world.

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Min Ha Park's films, which she began producing in the late 2000s, are noted for their use of found footage to explore the ambivalent nature of vision and filmmaking. In her 2016 interview with Hello!Artist, Park said, 'My work does not try to reveal the fictitiousness of realistic images but focuses on the reality of a particular fiction.'

Park's close scrutiny of a particular fiction can be seen in works such as A Story of Elusive Snow (2013). The artist, then living in L.A., realised that the white Christmas she had witnessed in the city had been an illusion created by technology and media. Her 15-minute video, made up of found footage, including Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush (1925), which depicts snowy L.A., contemplates the optical fantasies inherent to image production.

In Telecast Baghdad (2014), her solo exhibition at Seoul's Audio Visual Pavilion, Min Ha Park directly engaged the audience in a study of the dissection of fiction. On the first day of the exhibition, she screened Strategic Operation — Hyper Realistic, a 22-minute film based on the footage of a fake Baghdadi town built in the Mojave Desert, California, to be used as a site for U.S. military drills. After the screening, the components of the film—video footage, stills, soundtracks, scripts—were dismantled and scattered around the exhibition space for the viewer to experience the making of a movie in its absence.

Min Ha Park has also increasingly concentrated on abstract paintings that expand the landscape genre as an array of encounters with the senses and the human body. Invisible phenomena such as emotions and health conditions are captured in her paintings. The Ringxiety works from 2019, for example, depict small ovals encircled in a larger shape, rendered with short brushstrokes that evoke vibration and sound.

Emotional imprints of environmental conditions formed the crux of Peculiar Weather (2020), a solo exhibition at Whistle in Seoul. Using varied brushstrokes and a juxtaposition of intense and sombre colours, Min Ha Park recreated the suffocating sensation that she felt while driving through a hazy dawn.

Min Ha Park received her BFA from Ewha Womans University, Seoul, in 2008, followed by an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia in 2013.

Min Ha Park solo exhibitions include:

Sun Gone (2019), ONE and J. Gallery, Seoul; Cartography of Night, Space Onsu, Seoul (2020); Okulo x Minha Park, The Book Society, Seoul (2016).

Min Ha Park group exhibitions and film festivals include:

Cream, Archive Bomm, Seoul (2020); gohyang:home, Seoul Museum of Art (2019); Complete Technology, Museum of Contemporary Art Busan (2019); It's Snowing in LA, AA|LA Gallery, Los Angeles (2018); 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival (2018); ARTSPECTRUM 2016, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2016); New Skin: Modeling and Attaching, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul (2015); 27th Images Festival, Double Nature, Toronto (2014); 18th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Rewind, Pause, Play, Toronto (2014).

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2020

Min Ha Park Featured Artworks

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Under Stop Light by Min Ha Park contemporary artwork
Min Ha ParkUnder Stop Light, 2020Oil on canvas
30.5 x 25.5 cm
Whistle Contact Gallery
Pea Soup Fog by Min Ha Park contemporary artwork
Min Ha ParkPea Soup Fog, 2020Acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas
91 x 45.5 cm
Whistle Contact Gallery
Fog at 4 AM by Min Ha Park contemporary artwork
Min Ha ParkFog at 4 AM, 2020Acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas
120 x 106 cm
Whistle Contact Gallery
Dense Conditions (Souper) by Min Ha Park contemporary artwork
Min Ha ParkDense Conditions (Souper), 2020Acrylic, oil and spray paint on canvas
200 x 50 cm
Whistle Contact Gallery
Digital Dip X Grey Landscape by Min Ha Park contemporary artwork
Min Ha ParkDigital Dip X Grey Landscape, 2015Oil on canvas
61 x 51 cm
One And J. Gallery Contact Gallery
Sunset(field) by Min Ha Park contemporary artwork
Min Ha ParkSunset(field), 2013Oil on canvas
200 x 180 cm
One And J. Gallery Contact Gallery
Window X Horizon X Beam by Min Ha Park contemporary artwork
Min Ha ParkWindow X Horizon X Beam, 2014Oil on canvas
180 x 200 cm
One And J. Gallery Contact Gallery
Humid Breeze by Min Ha Park contemporary artwork
Min Ha ParkHumid Breeze, 2019Oil on Canvas
180 x 200 cm
One And J. Gallery Contact Gallery

Min Ha Park Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Min Ha Park, Peculiar Weather at Whistle, Seoul
Closed
12 June–18 July 2020 Min Ha Park Peculiar Weather WhistleSeoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Season's Greetings: Peace, joy and love to 2020 at One And J. Gallery, Seoul
Closed
2–19 January 2020 Group Show Season's Greetings: Peace, joy and love to 2020 One And J. GallerySeoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Min Ha Park, Sun Gone at One And J. Gallery, Seoul
Closed
4 April–4 May 2019 Min Ha Park Sun Gone One And J. GallerySeoul

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