The use of resin in Wonmin Park’s work produces a surreal, dream-like quality reminiscent of seeing something without fixed contours, bound together by light and air.
Wonmin Park graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven , in the Netherlands, at the end of 2011. He has exhibited at major fairs around the world such as Design Miami and Design Days Dubai . His work has been included in museum shows at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, the Triennale Design Museum, Milan and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Seoul, the city where the artist was born. Soon after graduation Wonmin Park set up his own studio in Eindhoven, where he has been for 9 years, and he recently established a production facility in Rotterdam and creative studio in Paris.
The use of resin in Wonmin Park’s work produces a surreal, dream-like quality reminiscent of seeing something without fixed contours, bound together by light and air. The artist himself says that he aims for a “sense of lightness and purity” and that the works “engage with their surroundings”.
Along with the impact of its opaqueness and transparency, Wonmin Park chose resin for its texture giving him “the sensation of painting enveloped air”. This forms part of his exploration of substantiality versus insubstantiality and his artistic evaluation of uncertainty, ambiguity and vagueness.
In the painting process, Wonmin Park begins with the extensive mixing of primary colour pigments to create an envisioned colour. After finding the desired colours the pigments are added to the moulds of the resin sections. A muted colouration is obtained within the slabs, which maintain their translucency. An element that allows the colours to engage each other in the joints of the structures he creates. His designs sit on the axis between minimal and practical but always contain an element of dissonance that creates a sense of balance and tension within the work.