Korean born artist Seung Yul Oh sets up shop at the Auckland Art Gallery. We take a look at this latest installation, Soom.
Born in Seoul in 1981, Seung Yul Oh got his Master of Fine Arts from Elam in 2005 and has continued to impress with his quirky work ever since. He turned heads early in his career with a one-night only exhibition where he deep-fried all of his paintings.
His most recent exhibition ‘Soom’ will be on display at Auckland Art Gallery until October 2015. Here he explores one aspect of his art practice that he’s well known for. Clear PVC bubbles ranging from one to three meters in diameter make up the inflatable installation. The show’s title is the Korean word for ‘breath’ and is made up of giant, often linked, bubbles made out of transparent PVC. The idea is to make the bubbles seem as though they have suddenly floated down from the sky and settled.
Here Seung speaks to Andrew Clifford about what inspires him as an artist:
“I do a lot of doodling, every morning and every day, and new forms and new sculptures and anything comes out of them. I find painting is very musical; you just bring these elements and colours and forms and it comes out and harmonises in a new work. Every single object is your baby and you work until it is alive to you and it speaks to you.”
Check out some of his earlier work here: http://www.ohseungyul.com