John Park | Digital Artist

Artist Statement

By acknowledging the false dichotomy between computer programmer and expressive artist, I am developing an art practice that expels expression out of cold information so as to lend the authority of data to abstract imagery. I have found a home as a hybrid artist not just between science and art, but by collaborating with colleagues from other creative disciplines. Constantly mining for content of unknown origins – strange compound elements that are partly digital, partly of movement or music – I am learning to discern the jewels from the raw ore of this production. My practice ranges from interactive data-driven installation to large scale performance to algorithmic works that live solely on the screen. I strive to make work that falls outside of standard categories of art practice and to share methodologies with colleagues and students as a way to expand the field.

Affiliations

 DA_logo  Digital Arts
John Park is a Senior Instructor of Digital Arts within the Art & Technology program at the University of Oregon. As a member of the Art Department faculty since 2007, Park teaches courses Interactive Digital Arts, Creative Coding, Projection Mapping and Motion Graphics. Current and past courses include: Programming for Artists, Multimedia Design I & II, 3D Computer Imaging & Animation, Emerging Technologies, Interactive Spaces and Motion Graphics.
Learn more at: darts.uoregon.edu
HL_logo  Harmonic Laboratory
John Park is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary arts collective Harmonic Laboratory. Founded in 2010, HL is a group of artists, thinkers, educators and innovators that investigates the human experience through the integration of media and common theme. We merge dance, digital art and music to create expansive and exploratory performance work.
Learn more at: harmoniclab.org

Future & Past

UPCOMING:

Water In The West at the High Desert Museum: with fellow Harmonic Laboratory collaborators, our group has been commissioned to create a large-scale work at the Bend, Oregon-based High Desert Museum on the theme of Water in the West. April 2019.

The Color of Sound: In collaboration with the Eugene Symphony, John Park and collaborators of Harmonic Laboratory will be working on an exciting concert to fully realized Alexander Scriabin’s Poem of Fire in the Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Eugene, OR). April 2019.

PAST:

Tesla: Light, Sound, Color: A full evening concert on the life and legacy of Nikola Tesla as shown through the lens of live music, contemporary dance, and digital animations. January 2018.

Aqua•litative: a sonic and art installation on the present and past datasets of California water use. Presented at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Work by Jon Bellona and John Park.

What is Media? -a unique coalescing of media scholars, government and community officials, industry professionals, alumni, and students, as well as artists, filmmakers, grassroots community organizations, and the public. Harmonic Laboratory will be a featured artist and shall present 15-30 minutes of work at the Portland Art Museum.

PLATFORM Festival | Marginalized Voices
Harmonic Laboratory curated  this popular arts festival that champions emerging arts and collaboration in the Eugene arts communities. May 2017, Erb Memorial Union, University of Oregon.

Portfolio of Works