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Sobin Park: Dragons and Maidens
February 25, 2020 - March 15, 2020Free
Elga Wimmer PCC
526 West 26th Street, New York, Suite #310 • Tel: 212.206.0006 • www.elgawimmer.com
“Dragons and Maidens” Curated by Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Elga Wimmer PCC proudly presents the exhibition Sobin Park: Dragons and Maidens that will run from February 25 through March 15, 2020. An OPENING RECEPTION will take place on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 6-8PM and, a Brunch during Armory Show on Saturday March 7th, 2020 from 1-4PM.
Sobin Park’s positive manifestation of the Eastern dragon as a fortuitous and royal sign is altogether different than most western guises of the dragon viewed as monster that brings destruction in its wake. In the east the creature holds positive, life affirming, divine significance moreover, in Park’s iconography his inclusion and meaning are further enriched.
Although varying morphologically according to historical period and geographical area, generally, dragons have been represented with scaly skin, long teeth and a serpentine body. In the east, this composite animal is seen as a wise and angelic beloved creature to which many a temple has been dedicated. Dragon legends have recently been used by many to express shifting social attitudes within modern civilization as well as a pluralist position towards ethnic inclusion. Park uses this icon to convey not only the marriage between the physical and divine aspects of life but also the manifest destiny arising from such a union. Park’s maidens are beautiful usually shown entwined within the dragon’s embrace, sometimes in the midst of transforming from dragon to female or vice versa. This is evident in the scales that populate the female’s lower regions but also in the almost human tenderness of her dragons. Park shows these two figures intimately inter-relating, and totally absorbed in each other’s form that may even be described in the Surrealist sense as ‘convulsive beauty.’
Park employs a work-intensive methodology using pencils on extremely large formats of paper and canvas that span the gallery walls undulating and unfurling themselves horizontally akin to the dragon’s forms. For this exhibit Park exhibits several of her monumental canvasses but also several smaller vertical pieces.