Imaginative Space: duo exhibition at Mokspace

News of Mokspace’s new show, which opens on Tuesday:

Imaginative Space

Sam Shiels & Sung Young Park Duo Exhibition
Opening Reception: Tuesday 30th April 2013, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Exhibition Date: 30th April – 12th May 2013
Venue: MOKSPACE, 33 Museum St, London WC1A 1LH

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Mokspace presents an exhibition of works on the theme of imaginative space and the subconscious mind, by artists Sung Young Park and Sam Shiels, from Tuesday 30th April until Sunday 12th May.

Both artists are interested in creating work which expresses ambiguous psychological space by exploring the dynamic between the conscious and the subconscious and their inner and outer worlds. They both take a different approach to these concepts which results in strikingly diverse imagery. Sung Young’s work is precise and semi-figurative, with flat planes of colour whilst Sam’s work is more random, fluid and abstract.

Perceptive and unusual, these works invite the viewer to contemplate their own imaginative space and inspire their own metaphors. Be prepared to take an unusual journey.

Sung Young Park

Sung Young Park studied fine Art first in Korea before moving to London to continue her studies. She completed her Professional Doctorate in Fine Art at the University of East London in 2006. She lives and works in London.

She has been continually fascinated by figurative images that challenge conventional representation in painting. Her work is concerned with finding a visual language in which to express the concept of the space between the physical environment and psychological ideas about time and space. She is particularly interested in creating images that reflect her daily life, personal experience, memory and subconscious. This allows her to convert her autobiographical experience into images that she places in bizarre and unreal juxtapositions.

Her work utilises both figurative and abstract geometric forms in one image with flat colour in a hard edged, decorative style using ambiguous imagery. The initial working process begins by drawing images selected from everyday objects, photographs, magazines, references from her previous paintings and her imagination. She then combines and arranges all these elements before painting them directly onto canvas using her meticulously precise brush technique.

She says her reason for making art is not only a desire to constantly find new and varied ways of expressing herself but also to explore and reveal aspects of her personality previously hidden from her conscious self. Her artwork has developed and grown in complexity and this has led to a simultaneous growth of self-knowledge that has enriched her both emotionally and intellectually.

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Sam Shiels

Sam Shiels studied Fine Art in Yorkshire, England before completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Art at Cyprus College of Art and an MA in Fine Art at the University of East London in 1999. Sam also holds an MA in Women, Gender and Writing. She lives and works in London.

The aim of Sam’s work is to develop an aesthetic of the marginal space between the conscious and the sub-conscious and the emergent processes within the psyche. It is clear that colour is of great concern to Sam and her technique begins with the fluid use of paint which is layered and built upon to achieve different levels of vibrancy and transparency. This method of working allows images to develop intuitively and allows for a more fluid and ambiguous relationship with the creative process. The layering and often breaking down and rebuilding of paint give a sense of being in search of an image which is waiting to be revealed.

In seeking an image which latent, Sam seeks to connect with the movement between different levels of consciousness and a relationship with the semiotic rhythms within the body, thereby connecting with the bodily roots of the thinking process. The process of painting itself becomes synonymous with a journey into the psyche. Letting the images form gradually, partially through chance, brings to her a sense of peeling back layers within the mind. Creation then becomes a process of breaking out of normal thought patterns whilst simultaneously breaking into the hidden and confined aspects of the psyche. Images often emerge which could be described as surreal abstraction or landscapes of the mind, revealing fragments of the hidden self and metaphorically reflecting the creative process as a way of creating transitional spaces within the psyche.

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