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