Art Space Hohwa holds a solo exhibition of Park Seung Mo, <Everything and Nothing> from May 18 to July 2nd. Part has been grasping the boundary between “Existent Things” and “Nonexistent Things” in his solid artworks completed by putting and overlapping the wires. Park also has been expressing the Chinese character, “幻(Illusion)” by separating the reality and fantasy. Among his artworks, “Maya Series” is a picturesque sculpture made by overlapping the wires obliquely to express the figures and scenery and represent the artist’s view of art. The solo exhibition features “Window Series” which puts together to two contrasting concepts by excluding the distinction between the reality and non-reality found in other artworks.
Park coincidentally found a world, where the outer and inner sides are unified together, reflected on a window and he used the multiple wires to express the world in Window series. In this series, “Window” is placed on the boundary of building and it reflects both inner and outer sides. The Window series adopted such characteristics of the window, mixed the forms that couldn’t cross each other in reality, and made the familiar daily images into the unfamiliar images. Eventually, Park destroyed down the boundary between reality and unreality to show how “Illusion” is associated with the collision in the actual world rather than the world beyond. The two sides overlapping on the window expressed with layers of wires twist the fantasy of “Illusion” and open up the new horizon of thoughts.
Meanwhile, each Window series is connected to a high square-shaped steel frame and creates an unfamiliar mise-en-scène with the feeling of inviting the audiences to the space inside the space. The thick and dark borders surrounding the wires make the audiences focus on the center to hinder the vision and cause sense of tension. The frames connected with hinges cut cross through the exhibition hall like a huge folding screen. Then, the huge and solid artworks make the audiences step inside the artwork directly. While the Window series involves the conventional and fixed frames, their overwhelming size and avant-garde display make the audiences move their body actively and think again about the correlation between themselves and the world.
Life is a journey where everything becomes nothing and nothing becomes everything. Park visualizes such paradox in life by reproducing the screen without the distinction between the reality and fantasy. The exhibition name, Everything and Nothing, reflects the same theme of the artist. In the exhibition, Park supposes and asks questions endlessly by overlapping the two contrasting concepts, “Everything” and “Nothing”. These questions are asked to the artist himself and the finite life of the people. Perhaps, his questions may repeat continuously without putting a period mark. <Everything and Nothing> may mean a huge turning point in the artworks by Park. Spend a moment at the exhibition, <Everything and Nothing>, and expand the never ending stories.