Disguise 8 (Wall)
PVC Pipe ,Urethane Paint, 70 x 10 x 91 cm
About the artwork
Korean artist Kang Duk Bong makes use of a rare material in the formation of his sculptures, utilising PVC pipes covered in a thick shellac of urethane paint. The placement and painting on the pipes create an incredible kinetic effect in all of Kang's works, making the sculptures seem as though in rapid motion. The holes within the pipes represent the void within ourselves that we helplessly try to fill. As he explains, "When we care too much about how we are seen through other people's eyes rather than focusing on who we really are, we start to feel a sense of self-betrayal. The existential void may lead us to cry out, with the weight of depression caused by this in-authenticity."
About the artist
Kang Duk Bong, born in 1979 in South Korea, graduated from the Department of Sculpture in the University of Seoul, South Korea. Kang is renowned for his sculptures which look as though they are in motion. He makes use of PVC pipes covered with a thick shell of urethane paint in his sculptures, each pipe is painted a different hue to bring about an extraordinary effect. The process creates incredible movement, figures appearing blurred and perpetually in motion with multiple colours combining to create a unique blurred effect. Kang aims to deal with human relationships and communication in his art. According to Kang, holes ignite curiosity within people because, regardless of age or gender, one always wonders what is on the other side of them. He believes that we should be just as curious about what is on another person's mind. In his opinion, the rise of social networks has decreased the amount of concrete and genuine personal conversation.The holes also represent the void within ourselves that we helplessly try to fill.Go to Kang Duk Bong's profile ›