Born in Osaka in April, 1942, Park attended Hong-Ik University, where he started out as a Painting major but earns his degree in Architecture. Upon the completion of his degree in the early 70s, the artist spends a few years managing an interior design firm called Cubic Design in his hometown of Daegu. All the while, Park continues to delve in the creative process while constantly engaging in the dialogue on modern art with the artistic circle of Daegu, which included the artist Kangso Lee. Park’s reputation as an artist began to spread as he participated in the annual Daegu Contemporary Art Festival from 1974 to 1979. The fair was a successful gathering place for important Korean artists of the period as well as international artists engaging in Process Art, Performance, Video, Film, and Installation works. Such vibrant art scene and openness to the new media art may have played a vital role in Park’s selection of video as an important medium to his work. ••• As a result, his work rejected the theatrical and narrative quality of video and focused on the contemplation of materials and perception. His later video projection works maintained the same conceptual basis perhaps due to his obstinate disbelief in Western science. He attempted to preserve our tradition through the medium of video without getting technology in the way and thus, it seems more accurate to categorize his work as his own unique style rather than labeling it as a ‘Korean’ approach. His persistent and solitary effort to engage in video art was indeed a revolutionary one in his time and the contribution he has made to Korean video art is truly immeasurable.
- Taehi Kang (Professor, Korea National University of Arts)