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Artist
Su Hyung PARK

Artist Soo-Hyung Park graduated from Hongik University with a bachelor's degree in painting, graduated from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, and graduated from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. As a solo exhibition, starting with the Daily and Routine gallery Jeong (Seoul, Korea) in 2009, he traveled between Korea and the United States, showing the active exhibition activities until the recent exhibition of Infinite fields Gallery Dos (Seoul, Korea) in 2019. Soo-hyung Park expresses the result of thinking based on his experiences and observations of the surrounding environment as a symbolic object. In particular, he poses to the audience the question of the utopia that modern people blindly pursue by blindly pursuing the ideal nature that modern urban people are obsessively pursuing.
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Artist
Su Hyung PARK

Artist Soo-Hyung Park graduated from Hongik University with a bachelor's degree in painting, graduated from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, and graduated from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. As a solo exhibition, starting with the Daily and Routine gallery Jeong (Seoul, Korea) in 2009, he traveled between Korea and the United States, showing the active exhibition activities until the recent exhibition of Infinite fields Gallery Dos (Seoul, Korea) in 2019. Soo-hyung Park expresses the result of thinking based on his experiences and observations of the surrounding environment as a symbolic object. In particular, he poses to the audience the question of the utopia that modern people blindly pursue by blindly pursuing the ideal nature that modern urban people are obsessively pursuing.
Curatorial Essay
What is your ideal utopia?

In the present age, we are undergoing a lifestyle change that extends across the social environment due to the unique situation of covid-19. In many ways, the behaviors of life have been limited, and the distance from others has also increased. This has also affected our inner world. Feelings of anxiety and fear grew inside people because their life is under a threat. Feelings of loneliness, depression and futility increased too due to lack of relationships. I0ronically, having been forced to separate ourselves from the outside world, we have gained the time to look at ourselves as individual subjects.
The ClickScrollZoom.com exhibition was planned for people who are experiencing this turning point under the theme of “The Dream We Dream through Art.” I would like to introduce three artists and their work hoping you would find your own answers to the question, “What is your ideal utopia?”
The three artists participating in this exhibition express their ideals with their own themes and expressions. Soo-hyung Park expresses the desire for the ideal life of a modern urban person using the theme of ‘Grass field.’ He objectively visualizes the standardized utopian life on his canvas and make people think about illusory idealism. The artist, Young-wook Lee, uses a sexual character to work on a painting with a performance personality that reveals her inner desire. If Soo-hyung Park's work is 'facing the face as it is', Young-wook Lee's work can be regarded as 'discovering' and 'rediscovering' his desire in 'facing the face'. Lastly, Hyun-wook Nam shows the work of stage in 'Fully Looking' after 'Insight' and 'Desire' inside. The artist expresses the ideal life that he sees and imagines through the theme of 'window.’ A window with a dual structure of 'inside’ and ‘outside' symbolizes the desire to communicate with the outside while being safe in one’s own domain. It also captures and presents the small and calm daily activity of playing in the water to show the proposition that each person's utopia exists nearby.
Each work has different expression methods, but the artist's own thoughts about the ideal life are thoroughly expressed in the picture. However, if the works produced through such deep thinking do not also have the viewers' gaze and experience, the meaning and value of their existence will be reduced. No matter how good a work is, if the audience cannot experience it, it will be nothing but absence. However, the current situation make it difficult for people to view art directly. Therefore, we adopted and planned an online exhibition as a new alternative. We want each of you to have time to reflect on yourselves and redefine your attitude in life in this virtual space we have prepared.

Yangwon Choi
Individual Work Essay
Soo-hyung Park uses field grass as the main material, and shows the contemporary social image in a deeply observable way. The artist uses the lawn as a motif of artificial objects in the city as a motif to capture the question of people's psychology. The audience is asked, 'Can the standardized ideal life presented by the modern society be a true utopia?‘
Brick and grass is a more specific work of Soo-hyung Park. If the existing “Grass fields” series consisted only of images of grass on the canvas, this work made the artist's intention clear by adding a red brick wall to the green lawn. The color of the lawn in the work is green, but it contrasts with the red brick, giving it an extremely artificial feeling. The red wall is depicted in a uniform and stubborn form. A green, well-kept lawn is considered a natural, friendly utopian space, but in reality it is an extremely symbolic and artificial utopia within the control and rule of the brick wall. The uniformly ordered appearance of turf reveals the compulsive identity of modern urban people who try themselves to reach to the standard ideals suggested by society. The artist objectively shows that the ordered lawn is not an actual utopia, but an illusory and superficial indicator, freeing the viewer from blind idealism.
Soo-hyung Park's other work Infinite fields is another variation of the previous work. The artist draws disordered weeds on a dark background in monochrome, creating a space that cannot be specified. The cold white-toned strokes are piled up and shaped like weeds, extending vertically. The unknowns of these vertical images do not reveal their identities, but reproduce only the desires of modern urban people, named as unspecified crowds. Through this work, the artist said, 'I wanted to express the endless desires of human beings in it and at the same time symbolize the urban redevelopment that bloomed and fell like weeds.' This work is reminiscent of a forest of buildings standing in the dark night sky, and creates a mysterious aesthetic impression for the first-time viewer. Soon, however, the inspiration shifts to bitterness and loneliness, as one confronts one's own figure among a large number of unspecified, nonexistent communities located somewhere in the forest: one’s inner side, which has been neglected to match the values ​​suggested by society.
In the works of Soo-hyung Park, there are questions about what kind of life to pursue and how to live, and fundamental questions and awareness about the attitude of subjective life. The artist presents the lawn that exists in everyday life with a new perspective, and makes us face our lives, which are unconsciously dominated by unified idealism. The moment one faces it, one sees into the forgotten inner essence, and through that moment of awareness, begins to ask again where the coordinates of ideal life are.

Yangwon Choi