Street artists like Banksy and Space Invader have been playing with city dwellers for years, placing their work strategically for maximum impact. In fact, artists around the globe are constantly integrating their artwork into the landscape in unexpected ways. Working in large and small scale, the techniques and scope of work differ, but one thing they all have in common is their clever use of space.
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.