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Park exhibits at Customs House

The work of Nashville-based artist and APSU Web instructor Johnny Park is featured in the Crouch Gallery at Customs House Museum and Cultural Center through Oct. 3. The exhibit, Uneasy Balance: A Look at Humans and Their Technology, explores the relationship between humankind and technology.

The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 12.
The work of Nashville-based artist and APSU Web instructor Johnny Park is featured in the Crouch Gallery at Customs House Museum and Cultural Center through Oct. 3. The exhibit, “Uneasy Balance: A Look at Humans and Their Technology,” explores the relationship between humankind and technology.

The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 12.

Park's “Uneasy Balance” explores the potential loss of individuality that results when technology dominates humanity. Park says, “I have a continuing and simultaneous attraction to and horror of the relationship between humanity and its technology,

“I try to reflect this contradiction in my imagery by combining figurative/organic elements with mechanical/architectural/technological elements.”

In showing the human side of the relationship Park says, “It is necessary to evoke a sense of the living through building up many layers of semi-transparent organic forms—frequently of the human figure—that allow the melding of the biomorphic with the technological to show through. The result, then, is entirely new forms born of this combination with recognizable characteristics of both.”

A graphic artist with a background in etching and lithography, Park utilizes technology as an online instructor for a Web-based art history course offered by Austin Peay. Park's work has been exhibited since 1998 in solo and group shows throughout the region including the Arkansas Art Center, the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, Cooper-Young Gallery in Memphis and Volunteer State Community College. His work is included in the TVA Corporate Collection and numerous private collections.

Park says his work has evolved from pure printmaking to a mixed media approach. In “Uneasy Balance,” he combines various digital processes with traditional paint, photographic prints and charcoals to create a transfixing view into the complex world where technology and humans exist together.

The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free on Sundays.