The June Kelly Gallery in Soho is presenting a series of new paintings by Posoon Park Sung in an exhibition called Being. Most of the paintings in this show are created with a special type of lacquer known as “Ottchil” which comes from the sap of a tree native to the Far East. This type of art is practiced frequently throughout countries including Japan, the Koreas, and China where it originated more than 9,000 years ago.
Park Sung conveys her personal life experiences in an imaginative, mysterious, and fantastical way with her works; she describes the overall theme as her “spiritual journey, evolution, and transformation.” Paintings such as Ecstasy depict a young woman holding on to a couple of ropes in the sky and swinging and looking toward the bright sun with curiosity and enthusiasm. The sun is shown with the sky behind it in a swirly, spiral shape, with a large silver circle representing the core. Beyond II, on the other hand, is set in the evening illustrated by the navy blue background and full moon. It depicts a woman opening a white door to see what lies ahead for her. A reflection of the white light can be seen below the door.
Park Sung lives and works in New York City, Tampa, Florida, and Seoul, South Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hong-Ik University, College of Art in Seoul and a master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. Park Sung’s work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and South Korea. At the June Kelly Gallery, 166 Mercer St., through Nov. 12. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.