Park Seung Mo

Stainless Steel Wire Mesh , 290 x 240 cm

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About the artwork

Korean artist Park Seung Mo demonstrates his ability to transcend the boundaries of convention, as he reinvents the traditional style of landscape art. While landscape works are commonly linked with painting, Park instead uses the unconventional material of steel wire mesh, strategically latering and clipping them to form captivating images. This work depicts a wood that is devoid of any recognisable human forms, and instead magnificent trees stretch towards, the sky. Despite the lack of human subjects, the work is highly atmospheric, stirring questions within the viewer of whether this scene is one of reality or an elusive dream.

About the artist

Born in Korea in 1969, Park Seung Mo graduated from Dong-A University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1998 and is based in Brooklyn. He explores fundamental ideas through the use of forms, creating large ephemeral portraits by layering frames of wire mesh together and cutting through the layers to create depth. Each work begins with a photograph which is superimposed upon the overlapping layers of wire with a projector. He then employs a subtractive technique of snipping away areas of mesh and netting. Each piece is several inches thick and the plane that forms the final image contains spaces that are a few finger widths apart, which contribute depth, movement and dimensionality to the portraits. 

In works such as Mong-hwan (Fantasy), Hwan-sang (Illusion) and Hwan-myeol (Disillusion), Park speaks of ‘hwan’ or fantasies and visions that feel as if they were real. He turns these fantasies into visual illusion of wire and explains “what is important for me is showing the audience the moment where the boundary between the real and the illusion break down.”

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