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Seo Young Deok’s Incredible Chain Sculptures

The human body and its formation lie at the core of the Korean artist Seo Young Deok’s work who is preoccupied with the stories told through the human figure. His solo exhibition ‘Dystopia’ took place at the INSA/Arko Art Centre in Seoul and showed his nude sculptures made meticulously in welded metal chain links piece by piece.

"Seo Young Deok’s work aims to reflect the disease-like contamination we experience caused by materials in our society."  Seo Young Deok's Incredible Chain Sculptures seo young deok chain sculptures 1

"Seo Young Deok’s work aims to reflect the disease-like contamination we experience caused by materials in our society."  Seo Young Deok's Incredible Chain Sculptures seo young deok chain sculptures 2

"Seo Young Deok’s work aims to reflect the disease-like contamination we experience caused by materials in our society."  Seo Young Deok's Incredible Chain Sculptures seo young deok chain sculptures 3

Seo Young Deok presented a number of nude sculptures, some lying on the ground, some hung on the walls. He used welded metal chains in order to model them linking them piece-by-piece.

"Seo Young Deok’s work aims to reflect the disease-like contamination we experience caused by materials in our society."  Seo Young Deok's Incredible Chain Sculptures seo young deok chain sculptures 4

"Seo Young Deok’s work aims to reflect the disease-like contamination we experience caused by materials in our society."  Seo Young Deok's Incredible Chain Sculptures seo young deok chain sculptures 5

"Seo Young Deok’s work aims to reflect the disease-like contamination we experience caused by materials in our society."  Seo Young Deok's Incredible Chain Sculptures seo young deok chain sculptures 6

At first glance, when someone takes a look at his work, one cannot help but notice that the artist draws strong references from the work of the renowned British sculptor Anthony Gormley. Gormley is known for using the human figure at the core of his work who on numerous occasions used his own figure to create metal casts making his body the artwork itself.

"Seo Young Deok’s work aims to reflect the disease-like contamination we experience caused by materials in our society."  Seo Young Deok's Incredible Chain Sculptures seo young deok chain sculptures 7

"Seo Young Deok’s work aims to reflect the disease-like contamination we experience caused by materials in our society."  Seo Young Deok's Incredible Chain Sculptures seo young deok chain sculptures 8

"Seo Young Deok’s work aims to reflect the disease-like contamination we experience caused by materials in our society."  Seo Young Deok's Incredible Chain Sculptures seo young deok chain sculptures 9

What Seo Young Deok’s sculptures capture is the anxieties of the modern human and especially the anxieties of the younger generation. Through his work, he exposes today’s reality with all its problems and pitfalls. Thus, his body of work has a strong sociological meaning that reflects upon the fragmented world we live in. Seo Young Deok’s work aims to reflect the disease-like contamination we experience caused by materials in our society.

"Seo Young Deok’s work aims to reflect the disease-like contamination we experience caused by materials in our society."  Seo Young Deok's Incredible Chain Sculptures seo young deok chain sculptures 10

"Seo Young Deok’s work aims to reflect the disease-like contamination we experience caused by materials in our society."  Seo Young Deok's Incredible Chain Sculptures seo young deok chain sculptures 11

"Seo Young Deok’s work aims to reflect the disease-like contamination we experience caused by materials in our society."  Seo Young Deok's Incredible Chain Sculptures seo young deok chain sculptures 12

One might also go as far as to say that the fact that he is using chain and therefore a form of linkage is an attempt to present the natural form as one with the manmade and the mechanized. In other words, technology and the industrial are life today. {Found on Yatzer}

"Seo Young Deok’s work aims to reflect the disease-like contamination we experience caused by materials in our society."  Seo Young Deok's Incredible Chain Sculptures seo young deok chain sculptures 13

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