Insane Park Wins 2nd Etro Art Prize
2013-08-08 Period [Blouin Artinfo 2013.8.8]

An installation view of Insane Park’s exhibition at Arario Gallery in 2011.


Artist Insane Park won the second annual, Seoul-based Etro Art Award, sponsored by the Italian fashion house

that carries a cash prize of 20 million won ($17,818).


The 33-year-old artist, born Park Young-duck, earned the top prize for his artworks comprised of industrial cables,

carved to create portraits taken as if from a static TV. A reflection on the pervasiveness of media in our world today,

the piece works in pop culture imagery and satirical messages.

Lim Ju-yeon, the second runner-up of the grand prize was awarded 10 million won ($8,909), while the gold was given

to Kang Min-young and Sung Nakhee, and the silver awarded to Kyungryul Park, Park Jong Ho, and Youn-Hwa Yang.

“The development of the art world will soon mean growth for the fashion world,” said an Etro spokesperson.

“We would like to keep supporting the art world through this competition, if it means we are able to provide

an opportunity to artists to show their abilities.”


The Etro Art Prize was established in 2011 in Korea and is open to artists between 30 to 45 years old

with at least two solo exhibitions under their belt. Genres are open to traditional Korean ink works, painting, and watercolor works.

An awards ceremony will be held August 23 at the Baekwoon Gallery, inside Etro store in Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam.


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