Chunbum Park

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Screaming Beauty, 2017-04-27
Her Garden Acrylic On Canvas 29 X 24 X 1 Inches
Representation of My Inner World Oil On Canvas 40 X 30 X 0.85 Inches
Nude Woman Standing III Oil On Canvas 36 X 24 X 1 Inches
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Seoul, Korea
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School of Visual Arts New York (SVA)


I believe I have an innate gift to discern truth in midst of chaos. This act of observing truth in midst of random and chaotic array of information is a tradition that goes back many centuries in the history of art, and in particular, western art. This pursuit of truth and seeking of the light can manifest in any number of forms and styles of art, such as experimental and abstract or traditional representational art. The truth that we artists speak of can include harmony, balance, and dynamic composition of colors, light, and forms. The truth can also be of historical or political characteristics that speak to the past and current issues. If experimentation is the highest achievement for a scientist, the pursuit of truth in midst of chaos is the noblest goal and attainment for not only artists, but every persons living. It is precisely because the pursuit of truth is every so often against one's own self interests or dogmatic ideology that it is so difficult, challenging and confusing to achieve. There are so many clever ways to distort reality through language, and because humans rely on language as the ultimate determiner of truth, the result of such investigation via language is accepted as truth, even when it is wrong. With light, however, it is entirely a different world. Because light is a direct representation of reality, we artists do not fear confronting it to arrive at the truth of whatever we are trying to depict. Even in experimental, non-representational, and abstract art, truth prevails as the experimental idea expressed through a visual style and visual language. Here, there is no complication in sequence of logic and depiction to arrive at a final representation of truth as there would be if people were to attempt to deliver it through verbal language. The truth manifests in art directly and efficiently without a middle man called language or words to allow any distortion whatsoever. 

Through painting, I insist on the destruction of the persistent process of manipulating the truth. Through painting I am making a stand for the truth as a universal principle, and a right of all observers and actors. Through painting I am trying to deliver the whole picture, not just a part of the picture, and the whole truth, not a part of the truth.

The truth that I speak of is not absolute but a relative curvature of effectiveness and relevance. In other words, truth is absolute in that it is relative; and truth is relative in that it is absolute. I sometimes symbolize truth in the shape of an arc.

In my paintings, I am an observer and a messenger. I try to deliver the truth by capturing the essence of the subject or the emotion that I am trying to depict. This is the act of avoiding distortion by reducing what I observe down to its essence. I choose beauty as the overall theme because it is something that I am naturally drawn to. It did not have to fight me to win me over. Beauty is a truth that is innately peaceful. 

In these times when truth is contested and fought over, the assertion that we the people are beautiful, and therefore the universe is beautiful, is something that I will devote my art towards.