Travel Log - Eastern Europe

PARK, SEUNG HOON

2013.09.14 - 11.09

PYO Gallery LA is pleased to announce Travel Log - Stories From Eastern Europe.

The solo exhibition will feature new photographs by Seung Hoon Park that combine the landmarks of Eastern Europe with fragments of 16 mm film to create a woven narrative. The exhibition dates are September 14 thru October 12, 2013. A reception will be held on Saturday, September 14, from 6 to 8 pm.

 

The works in the Travel Log originate from a passionate interest in Tourism and Photography, two subjects Seung-Hoon Park studied in college and embarked him on a backpacking expedition to fifty countries. During his travels, Park began the Travel Log series with breathtaking images of Italy, focusing on Milan, Florence, Rome and Venice.

In his new work, Park visited the landmarks of Eastern Europe in a survey that took approximately eight months to complete. He purposely selected popular recognizable tourist destinations and transformed them from printed souvenirs into a living, rhythmic composition with the power to activate for viewers the thrill of exploration. Unlike many photographers whom strive to erase their presence from the work, Park leaves behind his fingerprints and misaligned pieces to suggest to the viewer, that the story is unfolding and evolving.

 

The photographs in Travel Log employ “Textus,” in the title as a reference to the Latin term for fabric to reinforce the visual and physical aspects of the filmstrips, woven both vertically and horizontally. The overlaid filmstrips capture within a single frame the elusive fragments of here and now and thus create a gestalt effect, whereby everything comes together.

Park states “I use positive 16mm film that I cut and load in a large format camera. When processed the result is a mosaic of films, like a detailed patchwork composed of an inextricable labyrinth where the eye can get lost.”

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