Korean abstract painter Park Seo-bo hopes his art will absorb people’s stress
SEOUL, Sep 15 (Korea Bizwire) – If art is a form of expression, then the paintings of Park Seo-bo, known as the father of contemporary Korean art, may not be art at all.
The octogenarian inaugurated a new solo exhibition entitled “PARC SEO-BO” at the Kukje Gallery in Seoul on Wednesday, exhibiting 16 of his “dansaekhwa”, the Korean monochrome paintings he came to represent.
Speaking at a press conference at the gallery, Park said the purpose of his paintings was not to reveal or express, but to “empty me.”
“In the twentieth century, (artists) vomited everything they felt on the canvas under the name of expression,” says the painter who will celebrate his 90th birthday in November.
“Then people would buy the paintings, hang them on their walls and get assaulted by the images that (the artists) projected. It’s not glorious, it’s bad these days, ”he said.
Park explained that he believes art should bring healing to people who are already under a lot of stress trying to keep up with the rapid pace of an increasingly digital world.
“A painting should not be thrown at the viewer, but like blotting paper, absorb the anguish of the person,” he said. “In doing so, it should make the person feel comfortable and happy.”
Park’s latest exhibition features works from his late writing series, all of which were composed from the 2000s onwards using traditional Korean paper, “hanji,” on canvas.
Unlike the white paintings in his first Ecriture series, produced in the 1970s and 80s, recent works are often a burst of intense, vivid color ranging from neon green to deep crimson red.
Other times, Park borrows softer hues, such as pale green, gray, or washed out tones of blue and purple, from the nature he sees around him.
“Everything comes from nature, including the colors,” Park said. “The window displays change with each season and the colors you see in the latest fashion styles are all a secondary form of nature. And these are my teachers.
The six paintings featured in the front gallery are color representations of air, cherry blossoms, canola flowers, and wine, while the 10 paintings in the back gallery evoke the colors of ripe persimmon, leafy leaves. maple and golden olives.
While his health prevented him from doing projects that require a lot of body movement, Park said he still works five hours a day in front of an easel and plans to unveil his current project, which he started in 2019. at the upcoming Venice Biennale. year.
The exhibition at the Kukje Gallery will run until October 31.
Park’s works are also held in the collections of renowned institutions around the world, including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Center Pompidou, Paris; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; and M +, Hong Kong.