Solo Exhibition – Jinhee Park – “Routine” – March 2012


We tend to think of everday as mundane, oppressive and repeatedly controlled.  However, the everyday can also be the home of the mysterious and nouveaute as its repetitive routine always holds out the possilities of new transformation and translation.  The common places of existence of everydayness and indeed filled with strange and endless encounters with eventfulness.  These are infinitely stranger than those most repeated actions, those most travelled journeys and those most used objects.

Jinhee Park takes the heterogeneous and ambivalent landscape of everyday as a key element of his work.  For his second solo show “Routine” (the first solo show in the UK), Jinhee showcases a series of works which can indicate an accumulation of colourful depiction and close observation of those repeated actions, travelled journeys and common objects within the vibrant (non) everyday.

The first instance is “Extended Landscape” (2012), which consists a number of photographs within painted wooden frames.  Jinhee has been travelling across many different countries and taking these photographs.   Jinhee chooses photos from his vast collections and matches them with the most visually applicable wooden frames considering both the photographic images and thepatterns on the surface of the wooden frames.  Then, he colours those patterns in response to the images.   The frames become a part of his journeying and the images become a part of his works.  This work illustrates the idea of collecting recurrences and expanding them into the broader landscape which is his most fundamental and radical concept.

His other works “In Pause” (2011) and Dewdrops (2012) can also be seen as a series of visualisations of personal dialogues in between the moments and surroundings of everyday and generating them in artistic pieces.  The potential of new new landscape and translation of usual objects of daily life is visualised.  Both “In Pause” and “Dewdrops” are full scale reproductions of the objects.  In these works, Jinhee re-imagines usual objects and situations of daily surroundings by juxtaposing and directing them to quiet different ends.  In this sense, it seems natural for him to use wood as the main material.  His recent works show his great interest in wood panelling.   Jinhee finds the traces of nature from the surface patterns on the wood and piles vivid colours on the patterns figuring a shape of water drops.  He illustrates how the pattern is similar to that of running water, blowing wind, and the flames of fire through the vivid colouring.