Eung Ho Park's installations are a perfect synthesis of two main ingredients in art - providing pleasure to the eye as well as food for thought.
Ho Park's pieces are usually made of the most disparate everyday objects. At first sight, they capture for the way they are assembled in big dimensions and vivacious yet elegant compositions.
His series of bottle cap reliefs, in which bottle caps are variously painted and mounted on walls, has a strong decorative aspect. But a closer inspection shows them to carry something more. Some of them are transformed into eyes staring at the viewer. With them, the South Korean artist has artistically transposed the way he felt when moving to the US: intimidated by what he perceived as staring gazes on the streets.
Ho Park's art always attains balance between playfulness, irony and a deeper mediation on the human condition. His piece Sperm Spoons - made of bent spoons - certainly amuses us, but it also connects to social issues of overpopulation and hunger.
Eung Ho Park's solo show Object/Objective is at DM Contemporary until 2 February.
39 E 29th Street 2nd Floor,
New York, NY 10016
Images courtesy of the artist and DM Contemporary.