When Harlem Was Blue
Able Fine Art NY Gallery
Sep. 1, 2023 - Sep. 14, 2017
Able Fine Art NY Gallery proudly presents, “When Harlem Was Blue,” an exhibition of large scale photographic works by artist Changdae Park. Following his debut at Able Fine Art NY in the successful 2016 gallery artists exhibition, “We Are a Landscape of All We Have Seen,” this will be Changdae Park’s first solo exhibition at Able. It offers a thoughtful look at a unique body of work.
After extensive studies in photographic art both in the United States and in Korea, Park turned his lens to the streets of New York city’s famed Harlem neighborhood. This rich, cultural center has been home and inspiration for visual artists like Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Faith Ringgold; writers like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and James Baldwin; and the acclaimed photographer Gordon Parks. But it is music for which Harlem is probably best known worldwide. This crucible of Jazz and Swing saw Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, and later stars of Soul, Hip Hop and Rap music fill legendary venues like the Apollo Theater.
To this day, Harlem draws artists and creators from around the world, as Park, himself, was drawn to its streets and clubs, its people and its energy. Park’s photographs capture unguarded moments of musicians performing; he freezes the hustle of crowds, and shines a light on simple interiors, barber shops and stores, the everyday spaces where life takes place.
Park suggests that, rather than depicting a world he dreams of, he’d rather find truth. Part of his method of capturing reality is through writing. For each photograph in the exhibition, Park has written a free verse poem which will be included in the exhibition. He writes of harmony, tension, love and bravery. But all those are in service of the search for truth – or, as Park states it, “the chance to get the source of intelligence in the shadow.”
Able Fine Art NY Gallery has a long history of introducing exceptional emerging and established international artists to the New York audience. By recognizing young talents that retain and embrace traditions yet express them through original and exciting voices, Able Fine Art NY Gallery seeks to create a bridge between times and cultures.
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