Shrewdly veiled under the multi-coloured brilliance reminiscent of the traditional Korean costume Saekdong, Seong Tae Jin's skillfully carved wood panels are comic parodies of modern day utopia. Through his embossed surfaces that remind viewers of the woodblocks that create mass-produced prints, Seong takes on the visual languages of both traditional craft and contemporary expressionism to carve a grand image of farce on wood - a material that implies permanence and importance. These recent works are ocular wonderlands where marks of the carving tool reveal layers of colours beneath, further enhancing the textural quality of the wood surface as well as the effects of shadows and depth in the image. Seong not only continues to challenge himself in technical innovation, but also strives to blur the lines between painting and wood-carving by emphasizing marks left by the artist's hands on the wood's surface.
Assuming the popular character of the Korean heroic robot Taekwon V, Seong narrates tales and dreams that reveal a combination of patriotism, violence, debauchery, and triteness, as a channel for his escapism and role-playing. In Arcadia even through the Past (Lot 1541), the protagonist bearing armour carries a sword as though preparing to face an unknown enemy but ironically is barefooted and riding a round shaped fake horse. These contrasting characteristics show that he is merely role-playing as a warrior. I Have A Dream (Lot 1542) of 2011 employs multiple perspectives to illustrate the depth of the scene. In the vibrant configurations of intricate geometrics, and blazing palette of primary colours past characters of Seong's works can be found, showing his attempt to use even a landscape painting to further tell stories.