Morphic Fields - Recent Paintings
Culling photographs as references for his paintings Joseph Park has developed a narrative by sequencing them to tell the story of a cosmic journey towards enlightenment. Photographers such as Eugene Atget, Paul Outerbridge and Stephen Shore provide an air of familiarity to the backdrop and lend a sense of nostalgia and longing to the largely unpopulated scenes. The first painting has the main character in a hotel room, and the following paintings quickly immerse the character into an unfamiliar alternate reality where he begins to navigate a dream-like city. Mimicking the artist's own journey over the past seven years to investigate and develop a new painting methodology for himself, the paintings in Morphic Fields progress from a flatter more graphic aesthetic approach towards a translucent palette replete with his signature prismatic refractions of light and color.
Park received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA) and his BFA from Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle, WA). He has exhibited at the Gwanju Biennale (Gwanju, South Korea), Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA), Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, WA), Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), and Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA). His work is included in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum.