Korean painter captures 'unexpected memories'

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"Mind Scenery," an exhibition of oil paintings by Korean artist Mi Jung Park, will open in Hue on August 12.

The exhibition, jointly organized by the Phuong Nam Cultural Center, New Space Arts Foundation (NSAF), and Korea's Hive Camp, will be held at the New Space Art Gallery, 28 Pham Ngu Lao Street.

Park says in a press release that the nine paintings in the exhibition feature hidden dimensions in time that exist "in how our perception and feelings about things change."

He says "these uncanny moments are daily occurrences" that inspires his work.

 "Even though time is constantly flowing, the hands of a clock will be at the same point at a certain time every day. Because of this we do not always recognize changes until they have already occurred. In my life, I feel it is important to pay close attention to unexpected memories and the reason for their arrival.

"Memories often change over time. In my art, I try to capture images and objects before they fade into oblivion."

Park says he has also been inspired by beautiful people and incredible art that he has met and seen during his visits to the US, eastern and western Europe and a few Asian countries.

NSAF is an independent art space in Hue founded by twins Le Duc Hai and Le Ngoc Thanh, who have had more than ten years of experience in "coordinating multiple and different visual art activities."

They say they aim to increase appreciation of contemporary art among the general public. Hence NSAF's main activities are financially and spatially supporting young Vietnamese and international artists "by giving them opportunities to uninhibitedly express their ideas."

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