Thanks to the staff at the Julia Davis Branch library for allowing me to host some of my panels there.
Thomas Park details the genesis and development of his “Dream Symbols” paintings and prints in this mini-documentary.
It was a great day to clean the studio.
I organized everything, and threw out lots of old bottles of paint that were nearly empty.
In the process, I discovered lots of unused materials.
I am grateful to my family for helping to support my painting endeavors.
An interesting memory. It was one of my first shows. I was glad to be included, though when I came by the gallery to see my work (with works by other artists), I noticed that it was placed near the floor, adjacent to a power outlet.
For my very first gallery show (a different show, which I paid to participate in), my prints were hung at the end of a long corridor– just outside of the restroom.
Being an artist can be frustrating.
Maybe all of that is why I scaled back on the ambition at bit and started focusing more on my own creativity, sharing and archiving.
I visited The Monocle this evening to see the CHANGE exhibit there, which includes one of my prints of Vladimir Putin.
There has been a lot of sharing of retrospectives lately, be they documentaries, transcripts, links to archives, and so on. Where have I been heading with all of this?
First of all, there is no need to panic, I am unaware of any immediately pressing medical issues. I do have some, but seem to be getting by, with treatment.
Rather, as I get older, I realize certain things.
One is, that a times my artistic endeavors have monopolized my attention. As a man who is now married, this troubles me. I don’t want to neglect my loved ones. Nor do I always feel comfortable asking for attention. I love to share creative works, in hopes that others might enjoy them or find them useful. But panhandling for popularity grows tiresome.
Secondly, there is a sense, if I am right, that I have expressed my intent. I feel that I have done this well, with a large number of works available in various disciplines. It began to be the case that, as I listened back to the pieces on my archive drive, I thought to myself, “Could I really do it any better than that”?
Thirdly, there is the mortality issue. It is not presently pressing, to my knowledge, but honestly, one never knows. It concerned me that decades of work would be lost unless I organized them and made them accessible.
All along I have been about providing inexpensive or free access to creative works. Now I have composed a series of documents called “Benchmark: Hub”.
These documents summarize my works in all of my main disciplines, and supply links to examples of these works. I uploaded “Benchmark: Hub” to archive.org.
It is my offering to you– if you would like to bookmark the release page, or download and save the pdfs, they provide an adequate portal to my works, and a set of ideas to help guide you through them:
I consider, at this time, for “Benchmark: Hub” to be a gateway to my artistic legacy for this world.
Thank you for all who have encouraged me, and taken part. Welcome to those who have not and are yet interested.
Thomas Park has created art in many different media. Where can we find links to and examples of these other creations?
Though his primary art form is music, he has also created writing, visual art and video art.
Thomas happily has been privileged to create in the era of the internet. Therefore, he has been able to share a good body of this material, mostly for free, via various sites, particularly the invaluable archive.org.
The purpose of “Benchmark:Hub” is to provide an overview of Thomas’ contributions in these four disciplines, as well as links for finding related media online.
Thomas would like to thank his friends and family, and especially his wife, who has had to occupy herself in other ways countless times while he assembled his various creations.
Please enjoy these writings, and feel free to follow the links to further explore.