Plain Sight Presents Nara Park I Live

By Editorial Team on March 15, 2021
Courtesy of Plain Sight.
Artist Talk: April 28th at 12:30pm (virtual)
On View: March 17 – May 13, 2021

Plain Sight presents its second exhibition, I Live, featuring work by Nara Park, whose work investigates our relationship to the landscape we inhabit and the imprint we leave in it when we are gone. Park uses synthetic materials, such as Styrofoam or plastic, to create three-dimensional works that reference stone, inspired by sacred places ranging from memorials to natural rock formations. I Live is accompanied by an audio recording of the artist reading her poem Promises. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. Plain Sight co-founders, Allison Nance and Teddy Rodger, will be joined by Ji Young Yun from the Korean Cultural Center for an artist talk with Park on April 28th.

Plain Sight presents I Live by DC-based artist Nara Park. The exhibition opens on March 17, 2021, and will run through May 13, 2021. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center in Washington, DC.

I Live incorporates sculptures and poetry that investigate our relationship to the landscape we inhabit and the imprint we leave in it when we are gone. Park often uses synthetic materials, such as Styrofoam or plastic, to create three-dimensional works inspired by sacred places, ranging from memorials to natural rock formations. Stone is often used in many cultures to commemorate the dead, as it symbolizes strength, stability, and permanence. Her use of stone implies memorialization and a desire for immortality.

I Live will feature a large floor sculpture, Presence V, created from Styrofoam beads, polystyrene panels, and acrylic paint. The sculpture will be paired with three new wall pieces from her I Live series made from Polystyrene foam, plaster, and stone-textured paint. The exhibition will be accompanied by an audio recording of Park reading her 2017 Promises.

Nara Park (b. 1985, Seoul) is a sculptor and installation artist based in Washington, DC. Park is a recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship and the Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited at numerous venues, including the Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans, LA), The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC), Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ), the Baltimore/Washington International Airport, and American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center (Washington, DC). Her works are included in the collections of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, as well as The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Park holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she received the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award by the International Sculpture Center and Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship. Park has been a guest speaker at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC.

About Plain Sight 

Plain Sight is an independent project created by Teddy Rodger and Allison Nance and born out of the many art space closures during the Covid-19 pandemic. By transforming an under-utilized storefront into an active street-view gallery, Plain Sight presents a series of exhibitions that can be experienced in a completely contact-free way. Plain Sight is located at 3218 Georgia Avenue NW in DC’s historic Park View neighborhood. Learn more at plainsightdc.com and on Instagram @plainsightdc

This project is generously supported with a Public Art Building Communities grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C.

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea is dedicated to strengthening Korea-US ties through a broad variety of public programs, including art exhibitions, performances, educational outreach, institutional partnerships, networking, and support for local Korea events in the Capital area. The center is located at 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20008. To learn more, visit https://washingtondc.korean-culture.org.