● Ray Park's Hologram story
He is the only hologram artist in the country who can produces holograms professionally.
His works in hologram are special because he is an artist who is capable of creating hologram to meet the nature of their own.
He was born on south korea, Seoul and once was an art student who dreamt of becoming someone as talented as Michelangelo. While he was studying in the Korean National University of Arts in 1999, he had opportunity to encounter the beauty of the hologram through professor JY. Lee. Ever since then, he found the possibility of "formative" light and fell in attractiveness of the hologram.
Holography is made of words Holo (full) + graphy (record) which is capable in recording the complete three-dimensional compound.
On the other side, in holography, due to the diffraction of light, the entire holographic film produces natural light, which allows working in three-dimensional image. It represents the work of light 'configuration' and 'light painting'
As the most of artists uses various tools for their art works. Working in holograms requires specific tools such as lasers which plays the role of the light, holographic film which can captures those lights, and optical devices, optical lenses and mirrors, including a optical table.
As a graduate from the art school, Ray Park was lost and suffering from insufficient knowledge on holographic work. He felt strongly that his knowledge on art was insufficient to creating something in three-dimensional
Soon, he realized that hologram could not produce like painting, due to the absence of knowledge in optical engineering,
In 2003, Ray Park was introduced to a Japanese hologram writer Ishii Setsuko, who eventually breaks the conventional concept of 3-dimensional mammography. She also helped Ray Park to widen his view on creativity.
Until today, Ray Park thinks that if he has not met Ishii Setsuko, he has probably quitted on hologram and moved on. In his papers, Ray Park always mentions about his gratitude toward to Ishii Setsuko.
Ishii Setsuko studied physics in engineering school before continued studying on art in Paris. While Ray Park was helping on Ishii Setsuko's works, Ray Park started to plan on study physics professionally in order to widen his creativity.
There was a decisive turning point in November 2003 before his graduation while he was participating in 'Benton Vision Symposium' at the MIT Media Lab. After collaborated with many foreign artists and scientists there, Ray Park suddenly realized that holographic art is out come of finest engineering skills.
Ray Park was able to expand his knowledge on Laser and optical principles while studying at the Technical University. After he broaden the knowledge about the holographic, Ray Park set up the optical table in his basement where he could keep practicing on wide range of holographic optical equipment installation. These work and research were what extend the work of Ray Park's holography today.
While expanding the area of holographic sculpting and knowledge, Ray Park opened his first solo exhibition called "reinterpretation of the light" in the winter of 2008. That was a beginning of his own kind of holography work in reinterpretation of the 'light' and 'holographic modeling.
His work on "Reinterpretation of the light" is an experimental work in adopting formative art elements into holographic works. Conventional method in creating hologram is always put objects like paintings on the optical table before taking a shot. In this method, there is no difference as in putting up the completed painting and take holographic shot.
However, Ray Park was able come up with groundbreaking work. He managed to draw a line on the film in real time with various colors of the spectrum of light. These works and research papers were exhibited and published during the ISDH (International Symposium on Display Holography), held in China, 2009
After studied and experimented on digital holograms, Ray Park graduated from Kwangwoon University 3DRC(3D Display Reaserch Center)with master's degree with thesis research on "3D hologram for American Sign Language using look-up table" in 2010,
Ray Park believes that, digital holograms can be expressed in various ways which analog hologram is lack of. For an example, Analog hologram limitation to work around big object and has shooting difficulties such as constant vibration occurs. With digital holograms, we can overcome this limitation efficiently with great advantages.
In comparison, the digital holographic printer has as less interference pattern on film as analog printer. Ray Park believes that it is the main charm of working on digital hologram in holographic art.
Ray Park managed to design his own kind of cylindrical hologram by improving conventional cylindrical hologram since 2008. After 4 years of experimenting and developments, Ray Park had chance to participated in an exhibition in MIT Museum with his first cylindrical hologram called "Green apple on small plate"
Among the 20 artists from worldwide who participated in exhibition at the MIT Museum, Ray Park was only artist who presented cylindrical hologram. He was the first Korean to exhibited hologram works in the MIT museum too. During 2012 ISDH at the MIT media lab, Ray Park presented his research papers on cylindrical hologram by title "Coexistence". His works are being displayed until Sep. 2014. According to the MIT Museum manager Seth Riskin, Ray Park's cylindrical hologram is one of the must unique works with depth of contents.
In 2011, Ray Park co-published a book about 'Holography Techniques and Applications' with one of professor SY. Lee from Kwangwoon University. In the contents, Ray Park explains how to understand optical holograms without going through too many difficulties with engineering terminology. Due to his experiences on both of art and engineering, Ray Park manages to pull out easier way to describe and explains with drawings and analogy which is not just targeting experienced artists or engineers but ordinary readers as well.
Today, Ray Park is still continuing digging the same well of Holography.
This may not be the easiest but lonely and hard way which most of people might want to avoid. However, Ray Park's passion on hologram keeps him going. He had his first solo exhibition 10 years after his first encounter on hologram. With much expectations, everyone is waiting to see what he will comes up with in next 10 years plans.