Chunbum Park, known to friends as Chun, is a student artist from South Korea living in the United States. He has developed a variety of different and unique styles of painting. Just like reinventing the wheel, he has discovered many styles on his own without any intention to assimilate or absorb the dominant styles of famous artists or movements in the history of art, only to realize the similarities in the final outcome or the process in retrospect. Park considers the experimental spirit and the excellence demonstrated by the avant-garde of the 19th and 20th centuries the most desirable in art that is genuine and sincere. In the spirit of experimentation, Park's art evolves constantly - stylistically and in both colors and subject matter. Although he has been only painting for 7 years (total of 13 years of making art, if the years in high school are included), and he is just now a sophomore at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he firmly believes that his style and his art have matured significantly, so that when he looks back in 20 years he will still be proud of his creations. Because of constant change and the constant process of discovering and forgetting, Park of today is unable to reproduce or recreate styles of his past, which makes his art unique and having different styles at different phases of his career as artist. The main subjects of his paintings and drawings are beautiful women who have idealized forms and colors like goddesses. Although the images of such flawless or idealized beauty can be crushing to the spirits of the average women, just as images of exceptionally powerful male heroes crush the ego of the average men, he refuses to depict anything different from the ideals because his art is not about voyeurism or the sexual objectification of women, but rather the celebration of the ideals that he believes is rooted in mathematics and physics. He realizes that with making art there are only a few right and many wrong ways to put together the colors and forms. This is because in an entropic universe, where time flows in only one direction from the big bang, things tend to become less orderly over time, and orderly systems such as art and living creatures require a complex and hierarchical composition or makeup that is almost impossible to create with natural forces. Therefore he associates chaos and destruction with evil and darkness, and order and creation with good and the light because there is only one or few ways to go right and many ways to go wrong. The same can be true of the ideals of beauty, which, put bluntly, means that there are only a few ways to go right and many ways to go wrong. And on the contrary to the feminist criticism of his work, Park believes that idealized images of women who have immense power through their beauty constitute the tip of the spear against male dominance and oppression. Park enjoys painting idealized images of women of color because he wants to fight the narrative that women of color are not as attractive as women who are white, which then further enables the dominance of white males in today's culture. The discussion can go on, but, at the end of the day, Park only paints what he desires and enjoys. He loves making art for sake of making art. He is a Korean tiger who appeared in his parents' dreams on the day he was conceived and on the day he was born.
Submitted to Creative Debuts x Ello