Seung Yul Oh - Melbourne Art Fair 2010
4 - 8 August
Artspace was invited to curate two projects for the Not for Profit Project Rooms at the Melbourne Art Fair 2010.
Since leaving art school Seung Yul Oh has maintained a playful, tactile sculpture practice, enticing audiences with his slick industrialised finish contrasted against found or organic materials. His work is playful and surreal, enlarging everyday and familiar items found within East Asian pop culture. His uses of quirky motifs such as animals create the suggestion of narrative and also draw attention to Oh’s examination of form and materials.
Despite the veneer of a machine finish his process is hands-on. Oh describes his process as ‘drawing with objects’, as he recomposes his drawings from the 2D plane to 3D scale. His work draws attention to the form of the object but also leaves you pondering what it contains.
Seung Yul Oh was born in 1981 in Seoul, Korea and is currently based in Auckland. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2003) and a Master of Fine Arts (2005) from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. In 2004, Oh was awarded the Waikato National Art Award and in 2003, the Goldwater Art Award. Solo exhibitions include, Bogle Bogle (New Dowse, Wellington: 2009), Oddooki (Te Papa, Wellington: 2008) and Daradaradarada and Ssendddong (Starkwhite Gallery, Auckland: 2008).