Park Hyunki is widely known as a precursor to video art in Korea for developing his own artistic vocabulary with the use of then a rare medium. Park’s approach to video and technology resembles the thriving interests of objects and materiality in Korean art of the 70s, which rejected the Western Modernism that concentrated on artistic expression and intervention. By juxtaposing found objects from nature, Park contrasted reality to fiction and nature to culture. Featuring organic elements, such as stones and water, Park rearranged and modified objects which are not commonly considered to be art. Denying the theatrical and narrative quality of video, Park mainly concentrated on the contemplation of materials and perception. His persistent and solitary effort to engage in video was indeed a revolutionary one in his time and the contribution he has made to Korean video art is truly immeasurable.
Born in Osaka in 1942, Park Hyunki studied painting and architecture at Hongik University. Park’s major retrospective has been organized by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) in 2015, following Gallery Hyundai's retrospective in commemoration of the 10th year of his passing away in 2010. Park's works are included in collections at prestigious museums including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Rachofsky House, MMCA, Seoul Museum of Art, Daegu Art Museum, Busan Museum of Art, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Aichi Art Center, The Museum of Art, Kochi. The passion and ventures of Park Hyunki, who made strides as an artist for 58 years right until passing away in January 2001 of stomach cancer, evidence his excellence that encompasses the medium of video, installation and performance work.