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A little talk-Tokyo Painting

Jieun Park

South Korea

Painting, Acrylic on Paper

Size: 17.7 W x 17.7 H x 1 D in

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About The Artwork

I love to travel. Traveling to me, is an act that simultaneously brings different emotions such as excitement and loneliness. My works show images of the places where I actually visited, so that I am allowed to express various emotions and the moments that I physically experienced through the journey. The cityscapes in my works feel very dull, yet there is something that shines through. There are no signs of people living in the beautiful cities in my works. Although the city is packed with so many different kinds of buildings, it arouses a feeling of loneliness when I look at the complex city The city is changing very fast while we are living our busy lives. The dull feeling of the buildings in my works portraits the people in hectic daily life where only meaningless everyday conversation exists. What I try to express through my works are the emotions that I felt at the specific moments during the journey. I remember how I was emotionally overwhelmed and felt lonely by looking down at the city from on high. My personal feelings are described as under-painted ink marks which are instinctively spreaded and dropped on the surface. As I create relatively realistic images of the city within the abstract ink marks, I try to record ourselves in this fast changing city and its double sidedness where colorful impression coexists with loneliness.

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Multi-paneled Painting:Acrylic on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:17.7 W x 17.7 H x 1 D in

Number of Panels:2

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The artist Park Jieun’s work, most of all, impresses viewers with dynamic, powerful and raw brushstrokes like one of the Wild and Heterodox School of Ming Paintings. Her explosive, swift brushwork makes Jackson Pollock’s action paintings look almost neat and quiet. Such energetic and exuberant brushstrokes could make one wonder how it could possibly blend in with city night scapes. The artist was inspired by the view of Prague at night seen from the city hall tower during her solo trip and since then she started painting cityscapes and in particular night sceneries. This could explain a view of both a city dweller and a wandering traveller found in her work. While travelling, we often encounter the crippling feeling of loneliness in the concrete jungle, a crowded forest of skyscrapers. Her rough brushstrokes embody such emotions in an abstract manner. She paints cities realistically in dark ink strokes and records her personal travel memories of places, vibes, weather and many other things. As a result, Park Jieun’s paintings evoke a sense of excitement and a strange solitude that an unexpected discovery of a charming city during a trip may give. “I use white Korean paper and black Chinese ink to create a dramatic contrast and portray exquisite cityscapes on rough and broad brush marks in order to stress the contrast between classic and contemporary”, the artist explained. City paintings in general have a packed and dense composition whereas Park Jieun’s work shows an overwhelmingly large amount of blank space. Although the striking contrast of dark ink on white background suggests as if something thrilling is about to happen, the night landscape depicted on the ink brushstrokes is so beautiful and tranquil that it heightens the pictorial drama. Like silence before the storm, her paintings seem to represent the tension that comes from the city’s double sides where order and disorder, balance and imbalance and tradition and contemporary coexist. To those who live in and pass by, a city is probably a space where rough and harsh everyday happenings take place. However, no matter how dark the night gets, the faintest light could end the darkness. The light, therefore, serves as both a signpost and a beacon of hope. Even the most confusing and secular city, a city at night is seductive and beautiful.

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