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    Sale 2605

    Asian Contemporary Art (Day Sale)

    25 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 543


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    (Born in 1975)
    Curlinese B908
    signed and dated 'Rheeda; 2008' in English (on reverse)
    enamel paint on formica
    162 x 110 cm. (64 x 43 3/8 in.)
    Executed in 2007-2008

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    Rhee Da is relentless in the act of reduction. The employment of industrial materials, such as Formica and enamel paint, to create mere outlines and single colors is not casual, but intended to present a sense of cold literalness to the female subject matters in his works.

    In both Scene (Lot 542) and Curlinese B 908, (Lot 543) the artist uses images taken from fashion magazines to achieve a very specific presentation of the contemporary conceptual perception of women. In both works, women are depicted in ways that are objectively regarded as feminine. In Scene, the multiple reflection of a female figure using a make up brush, reflects the society's focus on physical appearance as well as narcissism and superficiality. Rather than describing a complex human being, these images reference the shallow portrayal of the female body, in essence reflecting the objectification of women in modern times. In Curlinese B 908, a single female figure is depicted in her lingerie. Her body is turned away from the viewer, while she is suggestively playing with her hair. The title, which uses a made up that merely refers to the women's hair, along with a serial number, reduces the women's identity to an object of desire.

    Technology has allowed for the convenient creation, recreation and dissipation of images globally. Subject to our manipulation, details, complexity, history and life is extracted until only an empty shell of lines and dots remains.