Down to the Wire
As a frequent visitor to the galleries at 56 Bogard Street in Bushwick, I have come to know the types of art that I can expect to see there. The exhibitions typically don’t disappoint–they are sexy and radical, often created at the hands of young artists who have a lot to say about our culture and the roles that art and art history play in it. My visit to the galleries this past weekend for Bushwick Open Studios was no exception, especially when I think back on one artist in particular, whose work was not only distinctive (a characteristic which seems to be germane to that space), but also incredibly impressive on a visual and technical level.
The exhibition of Korean artist Seung Mo Park showcases a variety of intricate, large-scale pieces, all created from aluminum wire. In addition to visually striking sculptures, the show also features remarkably elaborate portraits, in which the artist overlays a digital image with many layers of aluminum wire. Then, he cuts through the wire at various depths to create shadow and dimension in the figures. By using a material typically associated with severity and rigidity to create works that are fleshy and delicate, Seung Mo Park’s work not only evokes a great sense of beauty, but also a complexity, depth and irony. The sheen of the wire creates a visual effect that is simultaneously lifelike and futuristic. His work reminds us that the media of sculpture and portraiture are not outdated modes of representation, but rather, that they are growing and evolving with contemporary culture.
To better understand Seung Mo Park’s creative process, check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7wxwe4ftAQ