Posted September 10, 2014 by The Argonaut in News
It seemed only fitting that the cover of The Argonaut’s annual Arts Issue should be a new work with narrative intent.
John Park’s “The Meeting with the Goddess” — created in part during the Venice Art Crawl’s 4th anniversary celebration on Aug. 21 — is one of an ongoing series of paintings the artist is basing on “The Hero with a Thousand Faces,” Joseph Campbell’s cross-cultural study of the mythological hero’s journey.
The painting’s title comes directly from a chapter in the book that discusses how archetypal hero tales often involve an oracle or deity who bestows a protective gift to the protagonist, says Park, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.
The text that Park has blended into his work: “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity,” a quote attributed to Albert Einstein. Read More...