By Mich Kalamazoo
A new exhibition opened at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts December 20: Wired and Wrapped: Sculpture by Seungmo Park. It's the second of three contemporary shows the KIA is presenting this season by artists from China, Korea, and Japan. How to Return: Contemporary Chinese Photography opened November 15. Redefining the Multiple: 13 Japanese Printmakers opens January 17, 2015.
"We have crafted a season that reflects how global contemporary art from East Asia has become," says Director of Collections and Exhibitions Vicki Wright.
A rising presence on the international art scene, Park is a Korean sculptor whose work takes two approaches: ephemeral and object-based, each with extreme detail. His Maya series features large-scale, dreamy portraits and landscapes, created via meticulously cut layers of wire mesh. Photographic in detail, the images disappear from any but a direct angle, appearing simply as hanging sheets of gray screens. (Pictured is Maya 7624).
Park's wrapped sculpture is engaging from any angle. For his Human series, the delicate wrinkles and folds of clothing and the sinuous musculature of the human body are revealed via tightly aligned wire wraps.
Organized by Gene Jenneman, executive director at the Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, where it opened this past summer, Wired and Wrapped is Park's first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. He's had solo exhibitions throughout his native South Korea, and in Taiwan, London, and New York.