Unwoven Light, an installation by Soo Sunny Park 

Stillness at Dawn, photographs by Bill Jackson

October 7, 2016 – January 21, 2017

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The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum will host two exhibitions, Unwoven Light, by Soo Sunny Park, and Bill Jackson: Stillness at Dawn Friday, Oct. 7 through Saturday, Jan21, 2017.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Soo Sunny Park moved to the U.S. at the age of eleven and grew up in Marietta, Georgia and Orlando, Florida.  Park received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and sculpture from Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio and an M.F.A. in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  After a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine (2000), she worked in St. Louis, Missouri as an installation artist and as a Lecturer at the Washington University, School of Art.

In 2001, Park was selected as the River Front Times “Best of 2001, Sculptor of St. Louis.”  She is a recipient of a Joan Mitchell M.F.A. Grant, the 19th Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition Grand Prize, The Helen Foster Barnett Prize from The National Academy Museum, New York, N.Y. (2008), and The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellowship (2010).

“We are very pleased to share this stunning installation of Soo Sunny Park’s Unwoven Light with residents of and visitors to the Great Lakes Bay Region,” said Marilyn Wheaton, director of the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum.  “Unwoven Light is comprised of 31 sections of chain-link fence embedded with translucent sections of Plexiglas that captures and reflects every light source in the gallery, creating a rainbow of color that changes depending on the time of day.”

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Park described her work this way: “Unwoven Light captures light and causes it to reveal itself, through colorful reflections and refractions on the installation’s surfaces and on the gallery floor and walls.”

Park’s selected group exhibitions include: The 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum, New York City; 2007 Invitational Show, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City; 6595 MILES (10614 KM), Network Gallery, Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan; The Total Gallery, Chongno-Gu, Seoul, Korea; The Distance Between Us, Dupreau Gallery, Chicago; Joan Mitchell Foundation, CUE Art Foundation, New York City; and Exposure IV: The Space In-Between, Park Avenue Gallery, Missouri.

Her selected solo shows include: Liminal Possession, Good Citizen Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri; Fractal Immersion, Reeves Contemporary, Chelsea, N.Y.; Bio-Structure: Metro-Geo, Kranzberg Exhibition, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis; and Transmission, FCA 2001-02 Project, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis.

The Unwoven Light exhibition is made possible with generous support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and National Endowment for the Arts, and The Dow Chemical Company.

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Born and raised in Metro Detroit, Bill Jackson received his Ph.B from Monteith College, Wayne State University in 1967.  His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Michigan and in New York.

Museum Director Marilyn Wheaton said, “Bill Jackson has been sending me emails from time to time over the last few years, always with one or two photographs that he has taken while wandering through Michigan’s waterscapes and landscapes, rural and urban.  Bill’s prolific photo shoots in and near Michigan’s Great Lakes and inland bodies of water have produced intriguing work, including the photographs in Stillness at Dawn. He has a marvelous way of astutely capturing the essence of tall reeds in the water, at just the right moment to seize the harmonious play between the two elements,” she added.

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“I use a camera to create semi-abstract images. They are sparse indications of what might be, without the certainty of what is. That’s why reeds figure so prominently in my work: They look like the calligraphic lines in traditional Asian art that suggest so much, and portray so little,” explains Bill Jackson about his photographs.  “Back at my studio, I try to limit digital editing to simple cropping, contrast, toning and sharpening—pretty much what was done with film in the darkroom. Then I print to archival standards using pigment inks on matte papers without artificial brightening agents,” he said.

The Stillness at Dawn exhibition is made possible with generous support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and National Endowment for the Arts.

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The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is located on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Road.  Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.  Admission is free.  For more information, call (989) 964-7125 or visit the Museum’s website at www.marshallfredericks.org.