Ever wonder what it would be like to swim with jellyfish? Travel and adventure photographer Kien Lam fulfilled this fantasy by flying across the globe to Jellyfish Lake in Micronesia. Anyone who has been stung by a jellyfish can attest—it’s not a pleasant experience. But Jellyfish Lake in Palau is filled with millions of jellyfish that have evolved in a way that makes it safe for humans to swim in the same waters.
South Korean artist Hong Sungchul creates three-dimensional string sculptures in his series entitled String Mirrors. The artworks depict several close-up, intimate shots of the human body, focusing heavily on interlocking hands and arms to represent a shared human experience. The most fascinating part about Sungchul’s work is the unconventional medium used to reflect his message. Hada Contemporary describes Sungchul’s construction as “a visual representation of what ties humans together from the earliest stage of life – the umbilical chord.”
Rather than simply displaying a large framed shot of the outstretched, grasping hands, the artist uses dangling strands of elastic with images printed on them to produce an intriguing installation portrait. It’s an interesting technique to represent human connectivity through a series of parallel, layered strings. They don’t necessarily touch, but when brought together, there is a bigger picture to be seen.
Sungchul is currently showing his work in a group exhibition titled The Collectors Show: Contemporary Art from Asia at ART SEASONS gallery in Singapore until March 25, 2012.