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Jihye Park

The Hollow Nadir of Vanity

3 until 23 December 2010

PV: 2 December, 7 - 9pm

Tenderpixel Gallery is pleased to present The Hollow Nadir of Vanity, Jihye Park's first solo-exhibition in the UK. Park's work portrays mental landscapes teetering between the conscious and unconscious as played through in memories, dreams and fairy tales. This exhibition will debut her new film work: Lost In The Fathomless Waters. Promoted by the dreamlike surreal plane the film occupies, the exhibition is meant to be played out in the viewer's imagination. Exploring the space between idealised love, banal love and tragic love, Park is fascinated with memories and notions of darkness. Harnessing visual elements of pastiche, Park attempts to circumvent that which cannot be said with dialogue or plot, rather relying on an ambience of sadness, grief and nothingness. The scenery plays a greater part than the protagonist: It is not crucial for the viewer to fully understand words of the choir, but rather the mood that it creates.

Lost In The Fathomless Waters is more a moving image without movement or outward plot. One-long shot slowly focusing in on the protagonist (Park) who is sombre and full of grief lying in a boat. A boat that is no longer at sea. Also sans dialogue, Lost In The Fathomless Waters' sound track is a Korean children's choir singing the lyrics to a well-known fairy-tale Sim Cheong. Perhaps unbeknownst to the viewer, Park's film is referencing this same story. The grief experienced by Park's character is motivated by the devastating death of her beloved father. Though the original Korean tale finishes with a happy ending, this work focuses on a climax of drama with out resolution. Also installed will be framed works of Victorian memorabilia. With titles such as Twinkle Twinkle and Let The Right One In, Park oppositionally explores the intangibility of love.

* Hal Foster, ‘Real Fictions’, Artforum, April 2017


Event Schedule

3.00 – 4.10pm, Screening Programme 
Héloïse Delègue, Beverley Gadsden, Varvara Shavrova, Marios Stamatis, Joseph Steele, Emily Willey, Johanne Wort

4.30 – 6.40pm, Guest Contributors
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4.30 – 5.00pm, Ellen Kenyon Peers, 'Ana Key is Imagining Utopian Futures: Can art be used as a tool for change in contemporary politics?’
5 – 5.30pm, Emily Rosamond, 'Distortions'
5.30 – 6pm, Simone Rowat,' Forensic Aesthetics'
6.00 – 6.10pm, Guest Film Screening, Joey Holder, ‘Adcredo’ (2018)
6.10 – 6.40pm, Q&A 

7 – 9pm, Private View
8 – 8.10pm, Performance, Paul Gaudet, 'A Glimpse Inside (Introducing Darren Reeves)', Performed by Darren Reeves (2018)
Exhibiting Artists, Héloïse Delègue, Beverley Gadsden, Paul Gaudet, Samantha Greer, Parinot Kunakornwong, Norman Mine, Denis Mortell, Miriam Naeh, Serkan Sarier, Varvara Shavrova, Marios Stamatis, Joseph Steele, Emily Willey, Johanne Wort


Conspiracy of the Real: Artistic Perspectives in a Post-Truth Climate was developed by:
Paul Chapellier, Héloïse Delègue, Saskia Fischer, Beverley Gadsden, Paul Gaudet, Samantha Greer, Parinot Kunakornwong, James Low, Norman Mine, Denis Mortell, Miriam Naeh, Phillip Reeves, Serkan Sarier, Varvara Shavrova, Marios Stamatis, Joseph Steele, Emily Willey, Johanne Wort. Project supervision by: Kate Pickering and Sam Plagerson. Special thanks to Michael Newman and Borbála Soós. Produced in collaboration with Tenderpixel and the MFA Fine Art programme at Goldsmiths College. 

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Jihye Park is interested in the fantastical, the horrific and the paradoxical elements of fairy tales. She is a Korean artist and filmmaker, and a recent graduate from Goldsmiths, University of London (MFA 2009). She has recently shown at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, and was selected twice for Tenderpix, the Experimental Category of the RUSHES Soho Shorts Festival. Park currently lives and works in London.

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