GESTURES, EXALTATION, A SHORT LIFE @SPACE SO, SEOUL
with works by Sanghwan BYUN
(Korean, born 1986)

Sanghwan Byun’s early works included sculptures of soju bottles, dated furniture, and rubber gloves amongst other shapes. These pieces challenged the traditional medium of sculpture by altering its aesthetic appearance, as well as its physical structure. In his most recent series, the artist continues his interest in bold colors by utilising a red, anticorrosive paint. To create elaborate patterns, Byun stamps industrial beams onto paper, several of which weigh up to 40kg. He then rotates them between 0.5 to 1.5 centimeters, forming a continuous line of stamped images. The result is a concentrated area of elegant, fan-like patterns. By unifying these industrial items in his artistic process, Byun challenges previous notions of their histories and usage. Additionally, the beauty of the finished piece is intuitively reminiscent of the artist’s physical labor. 

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