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Gazing at the agony people suffer via Seo Young-Deok’s Sculptures!....

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Seo Young-Deok, the South Korean artist starting from a simple module like bicycle chain, reaches to a new kind of monolith by piecing those modules together. The emerging monolith transforms into another form as those modules cohere by coming side by side, top and bottom or one after the other. That form is nothing but the human body.

The element distinguishing Seo Young-Deok’s works is neither unusual and eccentric material he uses, nor his hand workmanship, nor how enormous his works are. The crucial characteristic enhancing his works is the power and aura of the conceptual influence that his forms and fragmentation invokes.  

The artist, focusing on human body, handles the given subject as if it were a part of the machine; thereby he gives another reality to human beings apart from its natural aspect. Iron which is cold as ice, turns into mechanized bodies that lost their faces, identities and warmth. The artist re-constructs the body that is originally organic and natural with inorganic materials consisting of metallic components; thus he refers to the fact that people estrange themselves from nature, de-personalize and get lonely.

For him, chains that contain various meanings merge into a metaphor by which he could narrate lots of topics at the same time. The life-style as the by-product of industrial production and mechanized world caught people tightly by imprisoning them in their own jails. The artist exposes the standardization and monotony that modernity condemned us by revealing the routine as the outcome of permanent motion of chains by means of connector links.

The repetition of components and the permanent routine that we notice by Seo Young-Deok’s sculptures also reveals a kind of tension. When tension and stress come to the boil and be ready to explode; fragmented and lame bodies which fall to pieces, spill out, have no heads, arms or legs transform into alienated objects that have no awareness in themselves.

He emphasizes the person who has an unsettled life in the era of advanced technology. By means of iron chains being as rigid as ice, the articulation of people who get caught by the exploitive and competitive social relations of the savage capitalism, who get drowned between the merciless and complicated links, and who forget their selves in a cybernetic environment even though they were made of flesh and bone sometimes hit us like a ton of bricks; yet sometimes it moons over a silent prayer in the metallic coldness of a living organism.

The human being in the industrial era is unsettled and lonely as Kafka was…

Seo Young-Deok, bearing witness to our era, - by means of his expressionist style whose theoretical power and aura is so strong - does not only question the depressions and spiritual traumas of our times in terms of “loneliness” and “alienation”, but also makes us do the same.

 

Author: Lutfiye BOZDAG (Art Critic)

Translated from Turkish by: Akın Emre PİLGİR




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