Junebum Park (Born 1976, South Korea, currently lives and works in Seoul, South Korea).
Junebum Park works in the field of photography and video installation. With a multimethodological approach, Park’s work brings into sharp focus the systematic and routine activities of everyday life, from walking down the street to parking a car, lending them a sense of humour and play. By distorting the natural scale of objects and using sharp camera angles, Park shows us a world in which life is abstracted into a set of movements organised into a pattern or a game.
By the nature of his work, Park explores the impact of the invisible hand of society on individuals and communities, as well as their roles and needs. By photographing and rearranging commercial advertisements, economic or financial struggles and common commodities, Park evokes the invisible.
The participatory nature of Park’s Puzzle series, invites contemplation and dialogue between people of different ages, genders and cultures. The result of Junebum’s work is not merely aesthetic but instead, allows his participants and audience to gain a new perspective on contemporary culture. His work also permits viewers to reflect on the fluidity of otherwise entrenched social categories of identity.
Park has exhibited and held artist residencies internationally including the BizArt Center(Shanghai), Schinkel (Berlin), Chinese Arts Centre (Manchester), and Art Space (Sydney). He is the recipient of SIA Media Art Award (2012) and the Grant for International Exchange of Art and Culture, Arts Council Korea (2011). He recently held a solo exhibition, Plastic Earth (Art Space Jungmiso,Seoul), The Grand Canal Project of Australia (SINDOH Art Space Seoul, Korea) and In The Loop (Gallery Loop,Seoul). He also participated in the group video exhibition ‘About Town’ (Ikon Gallery, Birmingham) in 2014.
Park’s works are included in private and public collections worldwide such as the Association pour la Promotion des Arts (France), Museum of Old and New Art (Australia), Zabludowicz Collection (UK), Leeum Samsung Museum of Art (Korea), Gyeonggi Museum of Art (Korea), Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA(Helsinki), Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane, Australia), Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Galicia (Spain) and Microsoft Art Collection (USA).