South Korea 1975
The theme of my works is the urban landscape and the natural landscape that we commonly come across in everyday life. The main subject matters include mechanised human beings, concentrated space, the ruined nature and city that are under redevelopment, human exclusion, the scenes of life related to the modern civilisation, the forrest of massive steel-framed buildings, the river cutting across the urban centre and so on.
The city is a scene where we encounter in everyday life the movement to spread an autonomous and independent viewpoint in terms of the continuous experience and expression of the reality we live in.
The mind that is conscious of the harmony and order of human beings and nature is inherent within the city, and I have attempted to reveal such harmony and order, and the ultimate meaning of formation. More specifically, I look at the urban scenes spread around our everyday life with my own novel viewpoint and feelings and I believe that there is a need to look at them with more serious attention whether figuratively or abstractly. This need is made acute because of social interrelatedness or cultural compatibility that makes it impossible to proceed while denying the relation with such urban environment and external world. whether figuratively or abstractly. By directly walking in the contemporary scenes, the complex and detailed changes are sieved through sketching and the appropriate form for an ideal city can be attained.
The viewpoints that allow seeing from a distance, i.e. viewpoints such as the top of a building or a peak of a high mountain, homogenise space depending on the scale. In painting, space is a method to express one’s own ideology or emotions through the composition of the picture. Hence composition is always newly developed without specific rules and new compositions should always be generated in drawings of a new era.
In Asia, a greater emphasis has been made on the inherent true nature and subjective elements rather than pursuing accurate depiction. The blanks are expressed through being left pure, occupying space in abstract composition under conscious intention. And it attains a significance, not as space that is naturally generated after drawing a certain object, but space that clarifies the outlines of the object.
Thus, form within composition, is as the formation of the whole, placed and transformed in accordance with the artist’s subjective formative intention. In the present days, such a formative nature of space has been emerging more sensationally and variedly than it was simply recognised in the paintings of the past. In order to attempt a contemporary space composition in my works, I have shown in diverse forms the drawing work with a story through images gathered from urban or everyday scenes and experiences. Furthermore, not leaving at drawing, I have recomposed on the pictures by formative modifications, simplification or realistic description through drawing.
Park Neung Saeng at glogauair.net:
OPEN STUDIOS September 2015
2010 On the Course for Ph.D in Fine Art, Sungshin University, Seoul, Korea
2002 MFA in Painting, Chungnam University, Daejeon, Korea
1999 B.F.A in Painting, Chungnam University, Daejeon, Korea
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2009 SeMA Selected Emerging Artists Support Program, Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2008 International Exchanging Residecy program, vis a vis Artlab, National Art Studio Chang dong, Seoul, Korea
2007 Mountain Climbing, Gyo gallery, Beijing, China
2006 The view painted in Chinese ink, Lotte gallery, Daejeon, Korea
Scenery in the City, Lotte gallery, Anyang, Korea
2005 Landscape at Midday or Midnight, Gongpyoung Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2004 City and Nature, Yemhwang Museum, Beijing, China
2007 National Art Studio Changdong, Seoul, Korea
2008 International Exchanging Residecy Program, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, 798 ArtZone Beijing, vis a vis Artlab, China
2008 Nanji Art Studio, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, National Museum Art bank, Seoul Museum of Art, Daejeon Munhwa Broadcating Corporation, Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Youngeun Museum, SangMyung University Museum