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    Sale 2605

    Asian Contemporary Art (Day Sale)

    25 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 457


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    (Born in 1974)
    Action Sampler
    chromogenic print & mixed media
    185 x 60 x 50 cm. (72 3/4 x 23 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.)
    Executed in 2003

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    "In sculpture, we sculpt an object and cast it into plaster which is no different from the process of developing negatives in film. Also, the process of re-making the original object from the plaster cast is parallel to the printing process in photography'- Gwon Osang.

    The story of artist Gwon, Osang and his relationship to sculpture begins with his photography sculptures. Not only was Gwon, Osang physically too frail to pursue traditional sculpture, what with all the chiseling and trimming of stones, sculpting of clay and casting into bronze, he was also too sensible to do it against all the contemporary forces against it. He began instead to seek an appropriately modern material to substitute the traditional materials of sculpture. The new material would hopefully free him from the weight of tradition as well as the strenuous process of production. In the end, he found a link between photography and sculpture and with it, discovered a contemporary visual angle all the while drawing attention to the fragmentary properties of the visual field.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that Lot 457 is executed in 2003, not 2005-2006 as stated in the catalogue.


    Gwon, Osang - the Sculpture, exh. cat., Arario, South Korea, 2006, pp. 93-95. (illustrated)


    Seoul, Korea, Arario, Gwon Osang - the Sculpture, March 3 - April 9, 2006.