OPENED FEBRUARY 2019
Visually distinctive programming features emerging artists reconsidering the distinctions between disciplines and expanding the language of form. A synthesis of the directors’ backgrounds in architecture and the performing arts, exhibitions work to activate the viewer’s environment and to shift context and categorization, allowing objects to move freely in and across the art and design landscapes.
Co-Founders // Jennifer Carvalho + Se Yoon Park
Carvalho’s aesthetic education began at the School of American Ballet in New York, where she trained in a strict discipline of line and form, in a concentrated, cross-pollinated environment of works and ideas by prominent post-war and contemporary artists and contributors.
After transitioning from the performing to visual arts, she worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, and Christie’s before founding an artist space in Amsterdam, that she ran for three years. In 2017, Carvalho founded Prelude Projects + The Prelude Projects Fund in New York, which facilitates new and necessary ideas between the visual and performing art disciplines, by way of commissioned works, special projects and artist residencies. 2019 brought the founding of Carvalho Park.
Carvalho holds a Masters in Modern and Contemporary Art from Christie's. She has served on the Young Patrons fundraising auxiliary boards of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (de Young Museum + the Legion of Honor) and the Museum of Art and Design in New York.
Her singular point-of-view when curating exhibitions or advising collections is informed by the visual stylization and atmosphere of her classical foundation. A partnership with sculptor Se Yoon Park was catalyzed by an alignment of aesthetic pursuits that has an eye to both the past and the future.
SE YOON PARK
Park, born in South Korea, launched his professional career in the realm of architecture, working for leading firms - Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), led by Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE), and REX in New York, led by Joshua Prince Ramus, the designer of the Seattle Library, which first inspired Park to become an architect.
Drawing upon his architectural design sensibilities, Park began his exploration of light and shadow in his own work as a sculptor, setting out in 2014 to found his own design studio in Brooklyn.
In 2016 Park discovered an old laundry warehouse “with an elegant roof profile” at 112 Waterbury Street in Brooklyn and took on the task of building out a space that houses his sculpture studio, four additional artist studios, and a gallery. There, out of a desire to provide a conduit between artists and the public, Park founded John Doe gallery. Programming centered on artists’ work that concerned the relationship between making and perception. It was also a space that existed to actualize the ideas of curators, and one such curator whose programming he was especially taken with was Prelude Projects’ director Jennifer Carvalho, which has led to the next edition of the gallery.
Park conducted his undergraduate studies in architecture at the department of Architectural Engineering at Yonsei University in Seoul, and holds a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University in New York. As an artist, his work has been shown by the European Culture Centre in Venice, in tandem with the 57th Venice Biennale, as well as in the 13th UNCCD exhibition at the United Nations.