Anna Park, Installation view, Blum & Poe, Tokyo, 2021, Photo: SAIKI

Anna Park

Anna Park

Mirror Shy

November 5 – December 17, 2022
Los Angeles

Anna Park

Hello, Stranger

September 1 – October 9, 2021
Tokyo

Sympathetic Magic

September 22 – October 24, 2020
Los Angeles

Broadcasts

Broadcasts: Sympathetic Magic

Organized by Bill Powers

June 2020

Biography

Anna Park (b. 1996, Daegu, South Korea) makes charcoal drawings that teeter between abstraction and figuration, with imagery that hones in on the turbulent and frenzied contemporary experience. Beginning each canvas as an improvisational mark-making dance, Park composes scenes that are gestural snapshots of an over-exposed and self-aware human condition—universal moments and interpersonal exchanges she often laces with signifiers of today’s zeitgeist. In black and white works that recall the vigorous energy of the graphic novel and the radical fragmentation of Cubism, moments collapse into speed streaks, limbs grasp for one another, and glimpses of familiar faces emerge.

Park is from South Korea but spent her formative years in the US state of Utah—an experience that often positioned her on the outside, looking in. This early lesson in observing from a voyeur’s distance permeates Park’s works today, with an interest and sharp eye for the deep emotive range of the human subject. With visual allegory, recurrent archetypes, and tropes of Americana, Park articulates inner conflict, shame, longing, growth, and mortality within her swirling abstracted tableaus. Park’s first solo exhibition with Blum & Poe premiered in Tokyo in September 2021, and her first solo presentation in Los Angeles will open at the gallery in 2022.

Anna Park lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been featured in the group exhibitions 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT (2022); 100 Drawings from Now, The Drawing Center, New York, NY (2020); Art on the Grid, Public Art Fund, New York, NY (2020); Drawn Together Again, Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY (2019); among others. She received her BA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and her MFA from New York Academy of Art, New York, NY. She is the First Prize Winner of the AXA Art Prize (2019) and the Grand Prize Winner of Strokes of Genius 11: Finding Beauty (2019).

Selected Works

News

Artnet News: Step inside Anna Park’s Bushwick Studio, Where She Creates Portraits of Her Alter Ego with the Help of Diet Coke, Gummies, and Gilmore Girls

11/15/2022

Ocula: Anna Park’s Works on Paper Channel Her Alter Ego at Blum & Poe

11/08/2022

Juxtapoz: Anna Park’s Bold New Direction in “Mirror Shy”

11/07/2022

Vogue: 16 Art Exhibitions to See This Month

11/07/2022

Anna Park: Last Call | SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA

09/21/2022

Anna Park | Pond Society, Shanghai, China

09/02/2022

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