EXPLORING THE SPACE WITHIN
Soo Sunny Park is one of New England’s most talented artists. With recent shows at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and Burlington City Arts in Vermont that launched her national and international reputation, she has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to create new work at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. Park’s “BioLath” promises to intrigue and delight her devoted fans and stretch the boundaries of perception to reach new audiences.
Assistant Curator Samantha Cataldo and the Currier Museum of Art selected Sunny for their “Contemporary Connections” series. Her project, ‘BioLath,’ will be on view through August 6. “I am thrilled to be working with an artist like Soo Sunny Park who is visionary, collaborative and endlessly energetic,” Cataldo said.
“Sunny is interested in liminal spaces, those occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold. Her installation work is often made from materials that are themselves interstitial — sheetrock, fencing, plastic, glass, etc. Light is an important element of her work as well, as she thinks of it as a sculptural material that forms a part of the work.
“Her new installation for the Currier, ‘BioLath,’ explores a variety of liminal spaces between inside and outside, nature and artifice, sculpture and drawing, vision and perception, and light and shadows,” Cataldo continued. “Park transforms metal lath (a material that is ordinarily used to lend unseen strength to walls) into self-standing, organic forms that take on biomorphic, natural associations such as human organs or glacial boulders. The hybrid title of this work derives from these forms, which are also fitted with colorful strips of Plexiglas.