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  • 2018 1st AUO Artist
  • Park Boohri
  • Academy of Fine Arts Dresden, Visual Art, 3rd semester
  • Boohri Park is currently studying for a Meisterschüler degree at Academy of Fine Arts Dresden. Her diverse practice encompasses sculpture, site-specific installation, photography, video, drawing. The main interest of her practice lies in the relation and interaction between two separate spaces, and thereby architecture plays a big part in her work as an agent which defines a space and shapes our perception and experience of a space.
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occupied

3D (Sculpture, Installa..

  • 2017
  • MDF boards, wooden beams, halogen reflectors
  • 450 * 155 * 50 (cm)
  • MDF boards, wooden beams, halogen reflectors
  • 450 * 155 * 50 (cm)
  • 2017
  • MDF boards, wooden beams, halogen reflectors
  • 450 * 155 * 50 (cm)
  • 2017
  • MDF boards, wooden beams, halogen reflectors
  • 450 * 155 * 50 (cm)

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

How do we fill an empty space?
The window, precisely a glass pane of the window is an interesting place. It is the place where inside and outside, and seeing and being seen interweave. It lets you see through the other side of the window and reflects the side where you stand at the same time. Depending on light one prevails the other. In the empty storefronts reflection prevails. Thus reflection here means being empty, not occupied, a void of the urban space. This installation was made as a part of the project to fill the empty storefronts in the city of Meißen. During the exhibition the door stays closed. Passers-by can see the piece only through the storefront. There is no activity going on inside other than the light goes on and off every day automatically by the timer. So the work started from questioning the very goal of the project. Just by taking up a space can we say that the space is filled?

The installation 'occupied' is not trying to fill the void, but rather to emphasize the storefront staying empty. The installation, which is a huge black wall with cutout windows, blocks the Storefront completely. The storefront turns into a black mirror and reflects the empty street. Amid the reflection four brightly lit windows of the wall are visible. They are covered with thin blinds so one cannot see clearly through the windows in the storefront. The lit windows give one a feeling that there might be someone or something happening inside. It‘s a simulation of being occupied like an empty house where everyone left for vacation.
The work is not only an optical play using the materiality of the window pane but also a question to the meaning of occupying, presence and absence using light.
Advice
Mina Cheon, Artist, Professor
Dear Boohri



Occupied is a successful and gentle conceptual installation that nicely addresses your question and goal, "Just by taking up a space can we say that the space is filled?" The idea of occupancy is elaborated in the matrix of space, light, and reflection. With such minimal gesturing, the work is self-referential and site-specific, it does a good job of realizing the in-between space of absence and presence. There is a lot of great things going on in this piece that reinforces its self-contained language as installation. I especially appreciate the echoing of the site, constructed windows and light to reinforce the pure building of the storefront and its material formality.



As a reader of the piece however, I wish I can learn more about the neighborhood, giving context to why the storefront is unoccupied, how an art installation challenges the barren space, and if there is a broader connection to the streets and the community beyond things reflected. This may not be your primary intention nor goal but there is an entire platitude of the social sphere that you may want to insert (or bring to light) because the work is outside the gallery cube and it belongs to a specific site in the cityscape. Formal and conceptual aspects to the work are well managed but given the context of life, might you include how another look at the site, history, neighborhood, can add layers in meaning to the project retaining the purity of its minimal output?




Have you thought of using text afloat your installation spaces?

All best Mina

AUO translator

박보오리 작가에게

Occupied은 ‘공간을 차지하는 것만으로 그 공간이 채워졌다고 말할 수 있을까요?’ 라는 작가의 질문과 목적을 잘 보여주는 성공적이고 점잖은 개념적 설치 작품입니다. 공간의 사용(occupancy)에 대한 이 발상은 공간, 빛, 반사의 행렬(matrix)을 통해 정교해졌습니다. 이렇게 최소한의 제스처로 이 작품은 자기지시적이고(self-referential), 장소특정적이고, 부재와 존재 사이의 공간을 훌륭히 자각하고 있습니다. 이 작품에서는 설치라는 이 작품의 자족적인 언어를 강화시키는 것들이 여러가지 있습니다. 특히 장소의 울림, 구성된 창문과 빛이 순수 건물의 정면에 위치한 상점/입간판(storefront)과 그 재료와 규격을 강화하는 부분들이 좋았습니다.

하지만 이 작품의 감상자로서, 이 장소의 인근에 대해서나, 왜 상점/입간판들이 비어 있는 지 등에 대한 맥락, 미술 설치가 이 황량한 공간에 어떻게 도전하는지, 그리고 거리들과 이를 넘어 커뮤니티로 연결되는 넓은 연결고리가 반영 되었는지 알고 싶었습니다. 이는 아마 작가의 주요 의도나 목적은 아니었겠지만, 작가가 아마도 집어넣고자 하는 (또는 의식을 불러일으키고자 하는) 사회적 영역의 전체적인 진부함이 존재하는데, 이는 이 작품이 갤러리 큐브를 벗어나 도시 풍경의 특정적인 장소의 일부이기 때문입니다. 작품의 형식적이고 개념적인 측면은 매우 잘 관리되었지만, 인생이라는 맥락에서 장소의 다른 모습, 역사, 인근이 이 프로젝트에 여러 겹의 의미를 부여하는지, 최소의 생산에서 오는 순수성을 간직하면서도, 포함할 수 있지 않을까요?

2018-04-30 10:35:52

Jung Hyun, Art Critic, Associate Professor, Independent Curator
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