CulturalDC Presents Jung Min Park Memory-Scape

By Editorial Team on September 25, 2018
Courtesy of CulturalDC.
Opening Party: September 29, from 7pm to 9pm
(Gallery open until midnight in conjunction with Minnesota Ave’s “Art All Night,” the first in Ward 7)

Hours: Wednesday – Friday: 3-7p and Saturday – Sunday: 12-4p

Workshop: October 20, 1-3p at Dorothy I Height Benning Library

Jung Min Park’s Memory-Scape, captures the images of Washington DC based on her experiences of the city in various perspectives and visual elements. The installation is designed to arouse common memories for residents across DC.

Park’s abstract, dreamlike recreations of DC neighborhoods spark a strangely familiar feeling in viewers. Places that Jung Min has visited are represented in multimedia paintings that are beautifully cut and collaged. Some will hang on the wall, playfully interacting with the shadows. Others are suspended in lightboxes, each layer providing the viewer a deeper look at the details of a cityscape. Three-dimensional objects such as trees and buildings will be provided for people to play with on surfaces of the paintings.

The exhibition asks participants to learn about and appreciate architecture, illusion of depth and the beautiful design of everyday life.

“Through the Mobile Art Gallery Project, I hope people not only look at the painting or lightbox, but can feel it for themselves, using their different senses by seeing, touching and reconstructing. Art can be enjoyable and interactive,” says artist Jung Min Park.

Memory-Scape is a delightfully interactive piece, perfect for the neighborhood. With the layers of textures, abstract but familiar shapes and colors, these artworks create a space for people sharing this place to commemorate their community and common memories,” said Ava LaTanya Hilton, CulturalDC’s Executive Director.

“It’s been an honor to work alongside CulturalDC to bring this ongoing artistic celebration to life at East River Park. With the addition of the Memory-Scape exhibit, we are excited to provide more opportunities for local residents to experience works from aspiring and renowned artists” said Robin Zeigler, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cedar Realty Trust.

“Cedar Realty Trust is committed to serving the community with an emphasis on doing well, by doing good. It is Cedar’s priority to connect residents and foster positive engagement initiatives, like the mobile art gallery and the upcoming “Art All Night” festival that will be held on September 29, 2018, to sustain and grow upon the art, culture and history that gives Ward 7 its unique character.”

Jung Min Park creates memorable scenes accumulated by experiences of cities and other sites. Her memories are manifested in multi-faceted sculptural canvases and fabrics. Memories display in transformed images and time flow by painting organic forms and layering fabrics. Distinct motifs as well as mixed media keep her works harmonize in balance.

Jung Min Park is a resident artist of Arlington Arts Center, VA. Her works have been selected for numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including Annapolis Maritime Museum, MD, DC Arts Center, DC, GRACE Arts Center, VA, Hillyer Art Space, DC, The Painting Center, NY and Gallery 175, Seoul. She has won first prize from water works show of Maryland Federation for Art and two awards from Korea Modern Cultural Art Association, and she received a fellowship from The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a grant from Korean Ministry of Cultures, Sports and Tourisms. She earned her MFA from Pratt Institute and two BFA’s from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and Korea National University of Arts.