Kang Duk Bong

PVC Pipe ,Urethane Paint, 161 x 32 x 410 cm

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About the artwork

Our lives have been accelerated by the increasing speeds in which we have become accustomed to operating at. This structure explores how we have developed a tolerance for this accelerated pace of life, which has turned into a desire for an even faster speed. With each figure, the sense of speed increases, as they willingly accelerate their movements to grasp for more power and attain faster motion. Through this dynamic work, Kang Duk Bong illustrates his observations of modern lifestyles in a captivating and nuanced manner.

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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