Over the last eight years Joseph Park has inserted a radical chapter to the timeless tradition of oil painting. Inspired by a J.G. Ballard story, and a tongue-in-cheek attitude toward the art’s world’s predilection for defined historical movements, Park developed an adjustable, custom-made easel, began studying fractals, crystal formation theory, and the permeating reality of pixels today, and from those elements formed Prizmism. Drawing inspiration from his painterly ancestors, as well as photography and sculpture, he has explored Prizmism through portraits, figures and still lives that are dazzling in their color and surface. This is the first major monograph of Park’s paintings, and focuses solely on this innovative series.
Joseph Park has been included in over thirty group exhibitions over the last two decades, and was the subject of solo museum exhibitions at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA and at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. More
Toby Kamps joined The Menil Collection, Houston in September 2010 as curator of modern and contemporary art. More