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The Ambiguous Artist

Chung Park’s paintings capture moments in time.

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Like photographs, the artwork of painting major Chung Park (CFA’07) captures “eternal moments in time.” Sometimes, these moments are surprises that Park encounters when he creates. “I arrive at these spontaneous thoughts,” he says, “and I feel compelled to react to them.”

When it comes to subject matter, Park paints whatever inspires him, whether it’s smoke billowing from a railroad car or an airplane shooting across a yellow sky. “I like my paintings to exude human spirituality,” he says. “It’s important for me to paint something that will resonate an inner quality — an inner being that is inexplicable — because this concept is something I feel is lacking in the contemporary world.”

While Park says he wants his paintings to have a personal, intimate, and poignant character to which the viewer can respond, he also maintains a degree of ambiguity in his work, because “it asks the viewer to imagine.”

His paintings are on display in the Rubin-Frankel Gallery at the Florence and Chafetz Hillel House at BU.

Park’s artwork was selected by the BU Art League, a student-run group based in the CFA school of visual arts. The organization helps undergraduate student artists learn more about the art world than they might normally learn in the classroom. The Art League tries to build a strong community through monthly meetings, exhibition opportunities, and a monthly newsletter. For more information, contact Patrick Short (CFA’08) at shortp@bu.edu.

Vicky Waltz can be reached at vwaltz@bu.edu.