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Soojung Park: Bar Notes    Jan 15 - Mar 12, 2011

Bar Notes (detail)
Soojung Park
Bar Notes (detail), 2011
 
Bar Notes 19
Soojung Park
Bar Notes 19, 2011
 
Flat Paths
Soojung Park
Flat Paths, 2011
 
Joie
Soojung Park
Joie, 2011
 
Joie (detail)
Soojung Park
Joie (detail), 2011
 
June Paige
Soojung Park
June Paige, 2011
 
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Reception: Saturday, January 15, 2011 — 4-6

Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present Bar Notes, an exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Soojung Park. There will be a reception for the artist Saturday, January 15, 4-6 PM.

In her current body of work, Soojung Park continues to create luminous linear abstractions that play on contrasts of flatness and space, buoyancy and heft. The severity that seems initially intrinsic to Park’s medium and precisely stacked slabs in the fashion of Donald Judd, is countered by the artist’s treatment of the plexiglass. Subdued hues of inks and pigments are rubbed into the front and back of the tablets, which are sandwiched together and arranged into grids.

The overall weight of Park’s work is counter-balanced by diaphanous color applications and the array of striations which range from pencil thin to several inches thick. Where in previous work, color penetrated every surface, her current series offers more variation in both color and texture. Areas of clear plastic to play off saturated areas and rough, sandblasted bands intermix with smooth, reflective ones.

Park’s stacked tablets seem to generate light from within as ambient light penetrates and bounces between layers of plexiglass, allowing infinite perceptions to emerge. While the layered striations allude to landscape, a more intimate dialog develops within and between panels, bringing the work into a sculptural and painterly realm. Viewers become immersed in the smokey spaces of the thick plexiglass and milky inks while always being drawn back to the syncopated rhythms of the etched lines.

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