Photography Into Sculpture: Osang Gwon
Osang Gwon born in Korea in 1974 received his BFA and MFA in sculpture from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea. Working with very lightweight materials Gwon began his “photographic sculptures” to escape the rigors of a traditional sculpture practice.
In Gwon’s creative process, he photographs his subjects from multiple angles and also appropriates images from the internet. Once the images are printed, he attaches them on a form created with Isopink, a non-flammable insulation material. After an extensive coating process, the works are complete. In the constructing of the sculptural form and the making of the photographs, Gwon is continuously editing and reshaping reality, challenging our perception of the three dimensional image.
Gwon’s recent large scale compositions from the Air Mass series explore the human body with a nod to abstraction and a strong sense of beauty. These sculptures pay homage to Henry Moore’s monumental and biomorphic works. I find my eyes returning over and over to these figures, mesmerized by the disturbing fragmentation of the assembled photographs. There is a glossy seduction to these brightly colored works that investigate the intersection of photography and sculpture.
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Osang Gwon is represented by Arario Gallery in Seoul, Korea. He is currently participating in a solo exhibition titled “AIR MASS: a path of wind” at Lotte Gallery, Seoul Korea through July 16th.
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