Hyper-real

 

Choi Xooang is a Seoul based artist who sculpts concrete bodies. This may sound kinda “whatever” at first, but we come to be surprised at his ability to grasp the world in a pathological way. Choi’s understanding of the world began with his 10-20 cm miniature figures suffering from an expansive delusion, do not realize their relative diminutiveness and tend to overstate their ability and situation.
He visualizes the properties of each individual through one spreading rumor, one who has a huge head too heavy to stand up, one who begs for money with huge hands, one who has an extraordinary sense of smell, and one who has huge feet. Also, he  employs a partly hyper-realistic technique as well as other methods of exaggeration, abbreviation, and modification, using his own formative language. It’s very disturbing, it freaks me out but his acute sense of detail and realistic rendering is quite impressive and amazing!

“Art is the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution.” Theophile Gautier

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22 comments

  1. Some of these remind me of the sort of image you’d get if our conscious senses were responsible for what our bodies actually looked like. In other words, the bits we’re most continually aware of would be out of scale to the rest. So we’d have an oversized head, hands, feet, genitals and so on, while rest would look wasted away in comparison. It’s called a sensory homunculus (http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&safe=off&biw=1152&bih=592&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=sensory+homunculus&oq=sensory+homunculus&aq=f&aqi=g5g-m2g-S3&aql=&gs_sm=s&gs_upl=3646l4967l0l7319l7l7l0l0l0l0l120l701l5.2l7l0)

  2. Airpan

    My fave is the face with the huge nose… I don’t know why but it reminds me of something from a Harry Potter film. I liked all of it though – surreal seems to describe it best for me.

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