Park is credited as one of the founders of the ‘Korean Monochrome Movement’ (Dansaekhwa), which takes its roots from calligraphy, Taoist and Buddhist philosophy. This process necessarily requires a great deal of introspection. Often the subject is emptiness itself, and Park’s Ecriture series is at great pains to represent the unrepresentable.
‘I want to reduce and reduce – to create pure emptiness’, said Park in 2006. Rather than eliminating his contact with the medium – in his case, paint, pencil and canvas – he imposes restrictions on his process. The most obvious sanction is that on colour; his work in this exhibition is strictly monochrome. Time, too, is purposefully limited: each painting is completed in one sitting, before the paint has time to dry, and it is partly in this way that Park’s work insists on a continuity and an erasure of gesture.