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Daughter, Daughter, Daughter by Sora Park

Sora, you need to give birth to a daughter.”

Inundated by the idea that prosperity and success will come to her once she gives birth to a daughter, Sora Park’s exhibition Daughter, Daughter, Daughter at grunt gallery reflects Korean diasporic experiences through the exploration of Saju, Korea’s ancient form of divination and fortune-telling practice that predicts one’s fate based on the date and time of their birth.

Travelling between the past, present, and future, Park invites the visitors to the gallery space trapped inside a red square on her Saju chart that links her destiny to motherhood. As a happily child-free person, Park delves into how her childhood spent in Korea and her upbringing in a Korean-Canadian household where childbearing is considered a norm collide with her own interpretation of motherhood. 

Daughter, Daughter, Daughter depicts a playful perception of a fortune-telling practice and its claim that the future can seriously be predicted while revealing a tiny fraction of trust and belief in the practice that lures so many people into being participants. By applying aesthetics within Saju to her colourful and immersive installation, the exhibition at grunt gallery explores the relationship between people’s belief in the occult and the role that gender plays in predicting one’s fate.

Sora Park gratefully acknowledges the support from the Canada Council for the Arts for this exhibition. 

Sora Park (She/Her) is a Korean-Canadian interdisciplinary artist living on the traditional territories of the q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), Máthxwi (Matsqui) and Se’mya’me’ (Semiahmoo) First Nations. She received her BFA in Photography from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and received her MA in Fine Arts from Bergen Academy of Art and Design in Bergen, Norway. In her art practice, she is currently interested in exploring the space between clarity and confusion brought on by diasporic experiences.

Image courtesy of the artist.
This exhibition is curated by Whess Harman.

Digitized Programming:

Publication catalogue:

PDF
A companion catalogue for the exhibition with curatorial text by Whess Harmon, and exhibition response by Areum Kim.
Visual description available: Plain Text, Audio.
A free printed copy is available in gallery while supplies last.

Artist Talk:

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Summary: Recording of the artist Sora Park in conversation with local artist Romi Kim from January 11th, 2024

Creative Access Audio Tour:

Creative Access Audio Tour of the exhibition. Link opens on SoundCloud (external link).
Listen to a visually described tour of Daughter, Daughter, Daughter, written by Sora Park with support from Keimi Nakashima-Ochoa and Kay Slater, and narrated by Kay Slater.
Transcript available: Google Doc, Plain Text, PDF

Virtual Walkthrough:

360° digital tour of the exhibition.

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one man’s junk

Join grunt gallery on February 20th for the opening reception of one man’s junk by Toronto-based artist, Laura Moore.

New technology drives the manufacturing of new electronic products. But during this pursuit of the new and improved, what happens with the obsolete?

Laura Moore hand-carves blocks of limestone into outdated electronic devices. Contradicting the indispensability that most discarded electronics face, these tributes monument how once-valuable objects become undesired commodities.

Moore began one man’s junk during an artist in residence program at the Thames Art Gallery. The artist states an ongoing interest in creating tensions between the permanent versus disposable and the interactive versus the inert. The limestone sculptures includes a computer monitor, printer and hard-drive tower measured to a 1:1 scale; stacked onto a wooden pallet.

“Stone, the material of my work, moves me in principal because it is familiar and I find its resistance stimulating. It is the monuments and sculptures that tell our history, it shapes our continents while intriguingly remaining mutable.” – Laura Moore, Artist Statement

(http://www.lauramoore.ca)

one man’s junk questions what happens when an object shifts from a prized possession to a nonentity, and asks you to find value amongst junk, waste and the discarded.

grunt gallery is pleased to announce that this will be Moore’s first exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia. The artist will be in attendance for the opening reception.


Artist Bio:

Laura Moore has an MFA from York University, a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Diploma of Art from Fanshawe College.

Currently, Laura’s 2010 series Kernel Memory is installed at the St. Catharines City Hall Sculpture Garden; this work is on exhibit until September 2016. In June 2014, components of Laura’s new series one man’s junk will be installed as part of the Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener and Area Biennial (CAFKA) and in the group exhibition Material World at the Indianapolis Art Center in Indiana, USA.
In the past, Laura has exhibited her work at; Station Gallery (Whitby ON), Ontario Science Centre, Oeno Sculpture Garden (Bloomfield ON), Thames Art Gallery (Chatham ON), Siena Art Institute (Siena Italy), Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Santa Monica CA USA), Leaside Sculpture Trail (Uxbridge ON), Peak Gallery (Toronto ON), Stride Gallery (Calgary AB), Cambridge Galleries, Glenhyrst Gallery of Brant (Brantford ON) and Anna Leonowens Gallery (Halifax NS).


Exhibition Essay:

one man’s junk: Digital Monument by Luke Siemens

Interview:

Abandoned Machines by Genevieve Michaels


Thank you to the following funders:

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Thank you to grunt’s operating funders:

The Audain Foundation
The City of Vancouver
British Columbia Arts Council
Canada Council for the Arts

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