Kang Duk Bong

PVC Pipe ,Urethane Paint, 77 x 31 x 65 cm

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About the artwork

This sculpture by Kang Duk Bong depicts a man in a hunched position, appearing to do a long jump. Kang’s sculptures are made from PVC pipes covered in a thick shell of urethane paint, which are each painted a different hue to create a mesmerising effect, in which the figure appears blurred and perpetually in motion. The man’s position in the midst of movement, creates palpable tension, and imbues the work with exhilarating dynamism. Kang's works are collected by MBC Culture Hill, the National Museum of Contemporary Art - Art Bank (Gwacheon) and other prominent institutions.

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.

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