Anna Park

'Last Call'

Anna Park creates large-scale charcoal drawings with a formal dynamism that articulates the frenetic pace and chaotic iconographic landscape of the information age. Park’s monumental works expand the parameters of drawing to a level on par with history painting, simultaneously straddling the line between abstraction and figuration. She incorporates recognizable imagery from memes and other contemporary culture into her work yet complicates it with almost Cubist-like fragmentation. This elusiveness is reflective of the ways in which her dense black-and-white compositions convey a fraught emotional turbulence amid the uncertainty of our times, communicating the complexities and contradictions of American culture today.

Signature image for Anna Park exhibition
Anna Park, "Hero Mentality," 2021, charcoal on paper on panel, 72 x 120 in. © Anna Park. Courtesy of Kimberly and Ben Gould.

About the artist

Anna Park (b. 1996, Daegu, South Korea) lives and works in Brooklyn. Her work has been featured in the group exhibitions 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Conn.; 100 Drawings from Now at The Drawing Center, New York; Art on the Grid at Public Art Fund, New York; and Drawn Together Again at the FLAG Art Foundation, New York, among others. Park earned her M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art. She is the First Prize winner of the AXA Art Prize (2019) and the Grand Prize winner of Strokes of Genius 11: Finding Beauty (2019).

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Credits

Last Call is organized by SCAD Museum of Art chief curator Daniel S. Palmer.

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