This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Zzin (Jinhee) Park.
Jinhee received an ArtSlant Prize 2016 Honorable Mention. We’re presenting Jinhee’s work this week at SPRING/BREAK Art Show.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
Well, I don't have any particular messages in making art. Instead, I am responsive to each day and each spot. If I feel sure of myself, I have only to wait for what will be spewed out of the intriguing mystery box.
What is an artist’s responsibility?
An artist has to realize their own desire, which can never be surrendered due to another or their surroundings. For me, establishing dynamics in art happens not just through a plan or concept, but through remaining within myself. But in many cases, one tends to be playing “flat” rather than learning self-expression. Rather than being afraid of adverse attention, one has to use their own initiatives.
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
This work happened while arranging a two-person show with another gay fellow last February. I had a plan to make a different work, but didn’t end up using it. Instead, I made this work with just about four days left before the show. This work was very spontaneous and fun to make, and was very suited for the show, and how boys feel in early spring.
Adam, 2016, Blanket and elastic bands, 51 x 118 inches
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:
I once talked about IT start-ups, including a game company, with an interior designer, who is now making a collaborative project with me. Having worked with him and other technicians, I found that I can ask them for difficult technical things—if one has a will to learn, it won’t take that long to know Rhino software, welding metals, or other hand skills or crafts. If I decide to develop a mobile game, the overall process would not be that different from making collaborative artwork—if it were possible to have strong cooperation with a technician. Also, social forces or earnings in IT industries wouldn’t be comparable to in arts. But, when it comes to my dream project, however, I am too unilateral to provide stable services.
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
—The ArtSlant Team
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(Image at top: Jinhee Park, Over the Rainbow, 2016, Acrylic on duvet, silk and polyester, 100 x 130 cm, Made in collaboration with Kayoon Kim (MA in Fashion Design at Royal College of Art).)
Tags: 5 Questions Under the Radar ArtSlant Prize 2016 SPRING/BREAK Art Show, painting