Amy Park - portrait

Amy Park

United States 1972


Amy Park
Amy Park
United States
January 30, 2017
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Smooth surfaces and fine geometrical shapes have occupied the fancy of Amy Park and affected her to dedicate fully to depicting architecture. Her peculiar approach to painting is embedded in focused and analytical view and expressed by watercolors. As a matter of fact, Park is a dedicated observer; she carefully examines her surrounding so each everyday situation becomes a potential inspiration. By marking the objects, the artist is not only intrigued by their flawless shape and perfect straight lines, rather she pays special attention to the composition and coloring. Interestingly, the sights she chooses to belong to the modernism, which reveals another significant layer to the narrative.

The artist’s watercolor works were on view in New York city and Kopeikin gallery in 2016
Amy Park – You Are Here, 2013 (Left) / Lower Manhattan from 1200, 2015 (Right)

A Foray of Becoming The Artist

Amy Park was born in 1972 I was born in Warren, Ohio. In 1999 she received a BFA and an MFA in 2003 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Ox-Bow Summer Art School. She was a recipient of a Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program Award in 2007-2008, and an Artist-In-Residence at the Serenbe Institute in 2012. She had several solos and participated in a large number of group exhibitions. During the years, Park’s paintings became part of permanent collections like New York Presbyterian Hospital, Microsoft Corporation and Drawing Center’s Artist Archive at the Museum of Modern Art.

Grids and straight lines seem to fascinate the artist

Her art is dedicated to modernist architecture so they it is in direct contact with history
Amy Park – Richard Neutra’s Grace Miller House, Palm Springs, CA 1941, 2012 (Left) / Julius Shulman’s House and Studio (designed by Raphael Soriano) 1951, Los Angeles, CA, 2011 (Right)

Aesthetical/Conceptual Framework of Amy Park

Behind the plain enchantment with modernist architecture in the work of Amy Park stands the rather formal occupation. The pattern of a grid was a constituting element of almost each modernist painting and led the generation of abstract artist to examine the order and the relations of elements depicted, as well as optical sensations the compositions reflected. On the same trail, Park’s approach functions, yet on the conceptual grounds, she is moving forward. The facades of buildings own some form of the mirror effect, yet they can make us wonder what is happening behinde them – what kind of lives, situations, emotions. Regardless of speculating the artist’s task, the apparent ambiguity of the paintings reflects a multitude of cultural and historical references which can be read out of buildings.

The almost muselogical study in the work of Amy Park

Her watercolor works were on view at her home gallery and that was in the press
Amy Park – Judd Landscape 3 Marfa TX, 2013 (Left) / Judd Landscape 5 Marfa TX, 2013 (Right)

Inspiration and Influences

While living in Chicago after graduate school, the artist was often exposed to a traffic jam since her then job required so. That abled her to examine the beautiful structures of Modernist architecture, from famous Chicago school of architecture to Mies Van der Rohe’s celebrated Seagram building. Park decided to take photos and soon started the first paintings of architectural facades. From that point onward, the artist devotedly analyzed the structures of those buildings by not just merely depicting them but examining their cultural value and historical significance in accordance with contemporary urban experience.

Architecture from moderinsm, over pop culture to conceptual photography

New city gallery showed her large scale watercolor works while she was in contact with clients
Amy Park – Ed Rusha’s Every Building on the Sunset Strip, 2016 (Left and Right)

The Notable Watercolors of Amy Park

Although the overall impression of grids being laboriously constructed through repetitive pencil marks and precise watercolor strokes, it is the strategy which Park employs in order to process her concept. For her latest project Ed Ruscha’s Every Building on the Sunset Strip, the artist intersected various layers by basically reenacting the artist’s book of Ed Ruscha from 1966, who was fascinated with the architecture of Los Angeles street and captured it with his lens. Park’s decision to process that narrative from painterly perspective suggests her need to articulate the very notion of architecture from the greater social and cultural context.

Amy Park lives and works in New York.

Featured image: Portrait of Amy Park – image courtesy of the artist
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery MuseumSolo Group
2017New PaintingsMorgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2017Amy ParkJonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LASolo
2016Ed Ruscha’s Every Building on the Sunset StripKopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2016Ed Ruscha Books & Co.Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CAGroup
2015Suburban: Sixteen YearsMount Airy Contemporary, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2015We Got Spirit, Yes We DoLovey Town at Unity Gallery, Maharishi University, Fairfield, IAGroup
2015StructureBank of America Center, Houston, TXGroup
2015New York, I Love You, but…Gallatin Gallery, New York University, New York, NYGroup
20141200’Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2014Water + ColourGriffin Gallery, London, UKGroup
2014Repetitive MotionSteven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NYGroup
2014Can’t Group Without a YouLovey Town, Madison, WIGroup
2013Houston Contemporary Art FairMorgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013Dallas Art FairMorgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013Faculty Exhibition 92nd Street YMilton J. Weill Art Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012California Experimental ArchitectureKopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2012Contemporary WatercolorMorgan Lehman Gallery, NYGroup
2012Works on PaperHespe Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Amy Park - The StudyMorgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2011Pulse NYMorgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2011ArtMarketSan Francisco, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Faculty Exhibition 92nd Street YMilton J. Weill Art Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010ArtBogota, Bogota, ColombiaMorgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010Next Fair ChicagoMorgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010Aqua Art Fair, MiamiMorgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010This Mess We’re InPelavin Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009The Great Poor Farm ExperimentThe Poor Farm, Manawa, WIGroup
2009Good News: Alumni Living in New York CityPorter Butts Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WIGroup
2009Faculty Exhibition 92nd Street YMilton J. Weill Art Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008X Marks the SpotJen Bekman Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008Faculty Exhibition 92nd Street YMilton J. Weill Art Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2007Amy Park and Melissa BaumgartnerThatcher, Proffitt and Wood, New York, NYGroup
2007Faculty Exhibition 92nd Street YMilton J. Weill Art Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2006Amy ParkProject Room, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2006Amy Park and Philip VanderhydenGahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, ILGroup
2006Amy Park and Grace ParkOccasional Art, St. Paul, MNGroup
2006Darling projectWendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2006Moreover: Practicing Representation + AbstractionBeverly Arts Center, Chicago, ILGroup
2006Faculty Exhibition 92nd Street YMilton J. Weill Art Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2006Art BrusselsWendy Cooper Gallery, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2006Scope Wendy Cooper Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2006Year 06Wendy Cooper Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2005Amy ParkProject Row House and The Suburban, Houston, TX Solo
2005RepresentationsContemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, ILGroup
20055 X 7Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, TXGroup
2005No MonumentThe Guest Room, Chicago, ILGroup
2005The Drawing ProjectArt Chicago in the Park, Chicago, ILGroup
2004SpacemakersLothringer Dreizehn, Munich, GermanyGroup
2004A More Perfect UnionMax Fish, New York, NY and The Suburban, Oak Park, ILGroup
20045 X 7Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, TXGroup
2004The PartyTrack House, Oak Park, ILGroup
2004Resident ArtistsEvanston Art Center, Evanston, ILGroup
2003New Work734 Gallery, Madison, WISolo
2003Contingent Living Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2003The Group ShowBodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2003Muestra 2, International Art Fair Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery, Mexico City, MexicoGroup
2003Ready for WarUniversity Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, ILGroup
200375th Annual Art ShowPorter Butts Gallery, University of Wisconsin-MadisonGroup
2003The BowerhausThe Bower, San Antonio, TXGroup
2003Amy’s FriendsBodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
20035 X 7 San Antonio The Bower and Arthouse Jones Center, San Antonio, TXGroup
2002The Stray ShowBodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2002Tasty DogAtelier Top 25, Krems, Austria, The Suburban Gallery, Oak Park, ILGroup
2002Puerto Rico 02Fortaleza, Guayabo, Puerto RicoGroup
2002Portable 3Embassy Suites, Chicago, ILGroup
2002Heavy2040 Winnebago, Madison, WIGroup
2002TriagainnialMadison Art Center, Madison, WIGroup
2002156 Miles to MadisonWood Street Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2002Catch 22Seventh Floor Gallery, Madison, WIGroup
2001Art Miami, International Art ExhibitionWendy Cooper Gallery, Madison, WIGroup
2001Portable 2Embassy Suites, Chicago, ILGroup
2001Graduate ReviewSeventh Floor Gallery, Madison, WIGroup
200173rd Annual Art ShowPorter Butts Gallery, Madison, WIGroup
2000Wendy’s WonderlandWendy Cooper Gallery, Madison, WIGroup
2000Little PicturesCommonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI Group
2000Painter-ificSeventh Floor Gallery, Madison, WIGroup
1999PaintingsRed Gym Gallery, Madison, WISolo
1998Recent Work Kohler Art Library, Madison, WISolo