YOUNG SOOK PARK

YOUNG SOOK PARK
박영숙

Young Sook Park was born in Kyongju in 1947. Once the capital of the Shilla kingdom, this region exists as one of Korea’s most fabled artistic enclaves. The beauty of the surrounding landscape instilled within Park a commitment to the purity of form found in traditional Korean pottery-making techniques.

Through rigorous study and meticulous practice of these techniques, she began developing her own distinctive style. Park’s commitment to recreate the “lost” methods and styles of Korea’s storied Chosun Dynasty led to the establishment of Park Young Sook Ceramic Studio in 1979. Since the Studio’s inception, Park has fastidiously experimented with material, form, scale, and firing technique in order to forge a new tradition within the canon of Korean ceramic art.

Her clays take anywhere from 6 to 10 years to mature; reduction firing at 1350 degrees centigrade (or 2462°) a perfect fusion of clay and glaze, ensures durability of each piece. Park’s bold decision to work with such high temperatures only serves to increase chance for error, as intense heat exaggerates the clay’s vulnerability. Forging a symbiotic relationship between clay and glaze, she carefully calculates every step of the process: how the air moves in the kiln, how to adjust the shape of her objects to compensate for the slight variations of temperature, and how the glazes react to different surfaces and heat conditions.

Throughout Park’s artistic career, she has demonstrated unconditional devotion to the perfection of ceramic art; the shapes, clay and glazes she employs result from over 30 years of dedicated research. Her creations demonstratively surpass existing processes in both structure and aesthetic. Young Sook Park’s versatility and precision reflect long-lost artistic traditions infused with a contemporary aesthetic, evidence of her unyielding efforts to challenge the technical boundaries governing both clay and glaze.

Her artwork can be found in the collections of, among others:

The Victoria & Albert Museum
The Seattle Museum of Art
The Harvard Museum of Art
The Museum of Fine Art Houston
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Peabody-Essex Museum of Art
The British Museum of Art

Young Sook Park

Born in Kyoungju, Korea in 1947

2017
New Works/ Art + Form , YSP Gallery, New York , NY

2016
Lunar Attraction , The Peabody Essex Museum , Salem, MA

2015
Dual natures in ceramics , SFO museum, San Francisco, CA

2015
A fundraising exhibition for the Choi Sunu Memorial Museum, Seoul, Korea

2012
All our relations 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia

2010
Art of T, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, China

2009
Harubom, Park NY Gallery, New York, NY
Young Sook Park-Pure White, Clear Blue, Luminous Red Solo Exhibition, Ippodo Gallery, New York, NY

2008
Young Sook Park’s White Porcelain “Moon Jar” and Lee Ufan’s Dishes, The Musee Tomo, Tokyo, Japan
Inspired Simplicity : Contemporary Art from Korea
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2007
The Korean Moon Jar, British Museum, London, UK

2006
Young Sook Park’s White Porcelain Moon Jar, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
Moon Jar, Harvard University Museum

2005
Moon Jar, Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, Japan

2004
Permanent Exhibition/White Porcelain/Buncheong, Gallery PAHK, New York, NY

2003
Celestial Transformations, Gallery PAHK, New York, NY

2000
Uchiyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1996
Solo Exhibition-2, Han Art Gallery, Taipei, China

1993
White Ceramics Exhibition, Atelier Seoul , Seoul, Korea
1991
Korean Fine Arts Gallery Exhibition, Ueda Gallery

1987
The 12th Korea Traditional Crafts Exhibition
Hyun-Dae Gallery, Seoul , Korea
Ueda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1986
The 11th Korea Traditional Crafts exhibition, Hyun-Dae Gallery, Seoul , Korea

1983
Living Porcelain, Gallery Korea, New York, NY

Books and catalogues

2015
A World of Glowing White, The Art of Park Young Sook,
The Cultural Heritage Foundation, National Trust Korea
Choi Sunu Memorial Museum

2008
‘Park Young Sook’s White Porcelains, Moon Jar
The Musee Tomo, Tokyo, Japan

2006
‘Park Young Sook’s White Porcelain Moon Jar”
exhibition catalogue, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea