South Korean artist Choi Xooang creates hyperrealistic sculptures that depict the human form in its whole and its parts. It’s little surprise then that the Seoul-born South Korean declares: “If one feels uncomfortable physically or mentally when viewing my work, I would say it worked.”
The author of the 2012 book “Korean Contemporary Art” Miki Wick Kim says: “There is a thread of fine craftsmanship that runs through his work, exquisite rendering. And of course, good artwork embodies so many different things coming together — it can’t just be a tangible gorgeous surface, it needs to have context and relevance.”
South Korea has changed dramatically since becoming a democracy in 1987. Choi has studied sculpture at Seoul National University and held his first exhibition in 2002.
His Sculptures which normally, take between two and five months to complete, have frequently drawn comparisons to horror films. But Choi insists he isn’t influenced by such films.
“I worked to convey the expressions of the hands: Giving power, supporting each other, rather than [trying to] make it look like cut-off corpse hands,” he says.
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