ENTER THE DRAGON
Sobin Park

April 16 – November 24, 2024
From Tuesday to Sunday 10:30 am – 12:30 pm / 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm closed on Mondays

curated by
Thalia Vrachopoulos

Patronage
Korean Cultural Center in Beijing, China
Centro Culturale Coreano 140 ̊ anniversario Italia – Corea 1884 -2024
Gwangju Museum of Art

free entry

Spazio SV is pleased to present the exhibition Sobin Sobin Park: Enter the Dragon, curated by New York curator Thalia Vrachopoulos. The exhibition will run from April 16 to November 24, 2024, and will be inaugurated on April 16 at 6:00 pm.

Enter the Dragon takes place during 2024, the auspicious year of the Wood Dragon in Chinese astrology, and appropriately but not literally references the title of Robert Clouse’s 1973 film Enter the Dragon, starring legendary martial arts icon Bruce Lee.

The exhibition project features Park’s impressive graphic works, the result of Park’s unique artistic imagination; the powerful forms of the dragon, as well as the sinuous representations of female figures, which according to myth symbolize in a benevolent way the characteristics of the Wood Dragon.

The drawings that spring from the Artist’s sui generis creativity are allegories of the mythological creature that embodies the hopes and dearest desires of Eastern cultures, a benevolent symbol of evolution, improvement, rejuvenation and abundance.

Park considers the ever-changing medium of drawing, revitalizing the iconography of the dragon in a creative dialogue with the vast world of modern and contemporary art. The power of his art derives from the exceptional uniqueness of his artistic practice: obsessively drawing on his immense canvases with a tiny pencil, Park’s painting process resembles a hypnotic dance, in which his fluid gestures, leaping here and there on the vast minimalist surfaces, perform a kind of Taoist ritual, virtually bringing the dragon figure back to life and creating a deep and transformative connection between the Artist and the sensual maidens who are the subject of his works.

BIO

Sobin Park (born 1971) is a Korean artist who currently lives and works in Beijing, China. She was born in Gwangju, South Korea, and received her BFA from Mokpo University and her MFA from Chosun University.

Park has held over 30 solo exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world, including the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York (2007), the Chelsea Art Museum in New York (2009), the Gabarron Foundation in New York and Barcelona (2013), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete in Athens (2015), and the Today Art Museum in Beijing (2017). She has also participated in artist residency programs at the Bushwick Open Studios and the Vermont Studio Center in New York.

Park’s work is characterized by its use of strong, gestural lines and vibrant colors. She often depicts scenes from nature, mythology, and personal experience. Her work has been praised for its emotional power and its ability to capture the beauty and complexity of the human experience.

Here are some additional details about Sobin Park’s career:

  • Education:
    • BFA, Mokpo University, South Korea
    • MFA, Chosun University, South Korea
  • Solo exhibitions:
    • Tenri Cultural Institute, New York (2007)
    • Chelsea Art Museum, New York (2009)
    • Gabarron Foundation, New York and Barcelona (2013)
    • Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Athens (2015)
    • Today Art Museum, Beijing (2017)
    • Tenry Gallery NYC (2023)
    • Gwangju Museum of Art / The Myth of Dragon (2024)
    • Inniyte Love
  • Residencies:
    • Bushwick Open Studios, New York
    • Vermont Studio Center, New York
  • Awards and honors:
    • The Korea Arts Foundation Award (2007)
    • The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2010)
    • The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2012)
 

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