Jinie Park: Windows
Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR -
Jinie Park’s paintings on kwangmok (Korean muslin) read like abstract watercolors, as uncertain rectangles layer delicately over each other and colors bleed and fail. Is this Helen Frankenthaler–style soak-stain, or is it Korean ink painting? Park’s works have seductive titles, such as Romance and Other Sense, but their meaning is opaque. She is concerned with liminality (borders) more than soothing decoration. Park often shreds the fabric or cuts it away completely to make windows through which you can see the wooden stretcher.