SEO Woong Joo
(b.1981, Korean)
Lives and works in Seoul, Republic of Korea

Woongjoo SEO creates hyper-realistic paintings of crumpled paper. Our senses are decieved when looking at a flat canvas that appears wrinkled and distorted. Our judgement and perception is henceforth decieved, forcing us to question the hastiness of our judgement. Seo’s works are painted as an illusion, and yet the unique point of his visuals is that there is always an understanding of what both objects, the canvas and the wrinkled paper, actually are.

Woongjoo Seo was born in Korea in 1981. He is currently a Ph.D Candidate at Hong-ik University. He previously obtained his BFA and MFA from Hong-ik University in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Following this, he obtained his second MFA from the Chelsea College of Art in London. His works have been featured in many internal and local shows in spaces such as Gallery Gabi (Seoul), Soul Art Space (Busan), Jinsun Gallery (Seoul), Jeonbuk Museum of Art (Seoul), HARBOUR ART FAIR (Hong Kong), Seoul Art Center, Bargehouse (London), X-Power Gallery (Taipei, Taiwan), Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, amongst many more.

A canvas looks crumpled in the eyes. While dividing the stripes and background, your hasty judgement is at stake. They are just painted illusion, although the illusion is always a starting point to get a clue of originality.
Korean artist WoongJoo Seo challenges the viewer's visual perception and forces them to question reality. Fascinated by the significance of reality versus illusion, he creates hyper realistic paintings of abstract figures and patterns that appear to be illusory three-dimensional images. Crumpled Marine Stripe mimic the appearance of crushed metal, and seemingly protrudes into the viewer’s physical space. The vivid blue stripes are visually striking against the muted white, and careful manipulation of the paint produces a metallic finish. Closer examination reveals, however, that the work is a flat, oil-painted canvas, an affect that sends the viewer into a state of cognitive dissonance.

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