Elmhurst Hospital Center Gallery
79-01 Broadway, Main Lobby, 718-883-2214
March 21 - May 12, 2006
Reception: Tuesday, March 21, 5 - 7 PM
Korean-born Queens resident Yunsook Park presents lucky numbers and game titles through the use of hundreds of lottery tickets cut into small pieces and arranged as symbols related to their respective games. Applied against brightly colored acrylic backgrounds, Park’s collages provide visual pleasure as they shimmer with the reflectivity of shattered machine made objects. The extraction of banal fragments of mass culture for use as the elements of a visual language has its roots in the Pop Art of the 1960’s. In Park’s collages, the lottery tickets lose their former significance as the artist removes them from their original context. In her playful meditation, Park uses only winning lottery tickets, thereby adding the symbolic element of luck as a promise of instant wealth. Park’s comment on the working class dream of easy money contrasts ironically with the evident hard work that she has poured into her art.