The outstanding work of our ceramicist of the month Jongjin Park, who is originally from Korea, will be shown at the London Art Fair from the 18. to 22. of January, where he will be represented by the Cynthia Corbett Gallery. His ceramics are pieces of art, sculptures, that by a closer look only show the scope and potential of ceramics.
At a first glimpse the outside coverings of his pieces remind us of a pile of jeans in a sandstorm or a forgotten stack of fabric. Park himself enjoys it when the audience questions the materials of his work, but his origin and purpose are far more noble.
When I worked with ceramics for the first time, I felt it was old. After studying with ceramic history, I realized that ceramics are an important part of human history. We have no doubt in this, but also believe that handmade craftsmanship will add a big quality to our lives in the future.- Jongjin Park
These artistic objects transport the essence of a traditional craft as Jongjin Park works with paperclay, a material originally invented to improve the nature and consistency of clay, but he turns it into something very technically unique, new and original.
In the beginning of the process he is brushing colored slip on fine pieces of paper, and after firing his pieces at a very high temperature they duplicates the form of paper but result in a new, much stronger material.
In a way, his materials are representatives for a traditional craftsmanship era, also his works are ambassadors for previously unknown aesthetic that derived from particular layering and coating.
If you are interested in following his work on a more frequent basis, you are more than welcome here.