Chunbum Park

Chunbum Park

Palisades Park, NJ, United States

About Chunbum Park

I explore gender fluidity in my art, assuming a fictional identity as a female, although I am mostly a straight Asian male, who occasionally fantasizes about becoming a woman. My life is a struggle between two wolves inside of me - the aggressive and angry, and the gentle and beautiful sides of my personality. While I often feed the former rather than the latter, I recognize the immense merits of soft power and the beauty of femininity. My art contrasts the logic of domination that is the core logical basis of patriarchy (oppression of women) and the oppression of colored people, queer people, and nature. While I usually thirst for greater power in order to "win" and "defeat" enemies - real or imagined - and evil itself, I also appreciate the beauty of femininity and the vulnerability of human sexuality. I imagine myself as the beautiful and feminine other through composite images in which I, a male, turn into a woman or an androgynous being. This middle ground is a fertile spot for de-otherization and subverting the logic of domination, which enables every form of oppression and inequality on Earth since the dawn of history. It takes greater courage and power to put oneself in the vulnerable position of beauty and self-expression. I believe that is the real purpose for human existence, not domination and oppression.

Education

BFA Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts (2017-2020)
MFA Fine Arts Studio, Rochester Institute of Technology (2020-2022)

Events

2019

Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York.

Exhibitions

2015

Seventh Annual National Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition and Exhibition, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

2016

EOP Artist Call: MBPO Works on Paper Summer 2016, The Art Students League of NY, New York, New York.


2017

Rover 2017, Starr Space Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.

2018

Revealing: A Multimedia Group Exhibit, 313 Gallery, Jersey City, New Jersey.

Tenth Annual National Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition and Exhibition, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

2019

Dream EverStanding, One Art Space, New York, New York.

30 Under 30, 313 Gallery, Jersey City, New Jersey.

Puro Color, La Bodega Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.

After, 3rd Ethos Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.

2020

Chromaphilia/Chromophobia, SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York, New York.

The SHIM/Bachelors Show, SHIM Art Network, Artsy.net.