LIGHT, DARKNESS AND THE TREE / PART ONE / EXHIBITION BY SE YOON PARK / RED HOOK BROOKLYN / SEP 17 2016 ~
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Finding a new studio required a bit of thought to ensure I found the ideal space to exhibit my work. When I first viewed this studio in Red Hook, I instantly identified with it. Red Hook is a quiet, modest area hosting numerous artists. The building is located on Red Hook’s beautiful waterfront with a clear view of the Statue of Liberty. My studio is in an old warehouse from the Civil War era, where it served another purpose, but now functions as a buzzing hub for aspiring artists. Despite its age, this rigid building has strong roots in this area, an idea that forms the basis of my work.
This studio communicates with my work well. The ceiling is fourteen feet high, allowing the freedom for my largest sculptures and the natural skylight allows light to interact with my pieces. The lighting in this space intensifies the contrast between light and darkness, allowing light to dance around my forms to capture the moment I seek. My works feel at home and are able to hold their presence amongst one another.
Red Hook has also become my new home. I’m able to identify myself and sense comfort in exhibiting my work far from the pressure of the city. I feel confident in opening my doors to a community that will appreciate my work and understand my journey in getting here. These past 3 years have been quite the adventure and I’m relieved to have finally found the perfect location to debut my work.