Parking 2002. DVD still - You Tube
Like a young boy playing with his toys, June Bum Park guides and protects the people in the miniature play worlds of his video works with touching tenderness. Through a clever shift of perspective, the most ordinary of environments are transformed into extraordinary scenes in which the artist’s hands interfere with the forces and currents of our everyday lives in a way that is both comic and comforting.
In I Parking a regular car park becomes a playmat for matchbox-sized cars and miniature people as the artist guides the movement of cars and pedestrians, holding back cars to let people pass and maneuvering vehicles into safe positions. II Crossing shows Park’s ever-attentive hands directing the flow of traffic and pedestrians at an intersection. With devotion and patience, these omnipotent hands prevent accidents and betray the choreographed randomness of our daily movements.Played back at high speed, the ant-like actions of the people in these video works provide us with a humorous perspective on our own lives and portray an undeniable affection for humanity.
June Bum Park was born in Seoul in 1976 and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Department of Art Education at Sungkyunkwan University in 2003. Park’s video works have been shown extensively internationally, with solo exhibitions including videos, Gallery Koch und Kesslau, Berlin, Germany, 2004; and crossing, Gallery Jungmiso, Seoul, Korea, 2003; and group exhibitions including The 3rd Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Korea, 2004-5; Art Forum Berlin 04, Berlin, Germany, 2004; The Cobweb, (CGAC) Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Galicia, Spain, 2004; bizart video festival, Bizart Center, Shanghai, China, 2003; and reality bites, Alternative spaces LOOP, Seoul, Korea, 2002.
June bum Park