이상수 Lee Sangsoo / Sculpture
Drawing in the air series
Considering his practice a form of “drawing in the air,” artist Lee Sangsoo forges colorful, spiraled flamingos, dogs, parrots, and other creatures with long strips of metal. He sculpts the minimal works with resin or stainless steel depending on the size—he uses the latter for any piece that spans more than one meter—and coats each angled side with subtle gradients or a complementary palette. Although three-dimensional and sometimes so large that they tower over the landscape, the creatures are inspired by Picasso’s small, abstract animal drawings, which the artist explains:
Lines, planes, and colors are important elements that work in my work. The lines drawn in the two-dimensional sketchbook determine the large flow and form of the work, and it becomes three-dimensional in the three-dimensional space. The square lines are shown in various shapes and colors according to the flow and twist, and you can feel the dynamism in the still work. Also, depending on the flow, the thickness of the lines may be rhythmically thickened or thinned.
Some of Lee’s works are on view as part of KIAF Seoul, and you can find more of the twisted menagerie on his Instagram.
Lee Sangsoo (born 1983) is a South Korean artist.
He studied sculpture at Dong-A University College of Arts and obtained his Masters degree at Hongik University Graduate School of Sculpture. He enjoyed painting and drawing lessons in middle school, then later furthered his arts education formally in high school and graduate school. However, the more he learnt about art, it was no longer as fun or enjoyable and it became a tedious full time job. It was only through revisiting his childhood youthful works did he rediscover the brilliancy and innocence in childlike composition, carefree and pure, largely inspiring his faux naif style of three-dimensional sculpture today.
2021 아빠와 크레파스 / 스페이스가율 / 김해
My Childhood Memory / 영도문화예술회관 / 부산
2017 조형아트서울 초대부스 개인전 / 코엑스 / 서울
2016 The Fine Art / 신한갤러리 광화문 / 서울
2016 wonderland / 수호갤러리 / 분당
2016 Strange Jungle / 갤러리푸에스토 / 서울
2016 공간에서 아이처럼 / 갤러리시:작 / 서울
2014 순수미술 / 가나아트스페이스 / 서울
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