Seo Young-Deok

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Seo Young-Deok, Anguish 303

Stainless chain


Via Camerelle (at the end and before via Tragara)
Width 58x95 cm - Height 87 cm

Bio Breve

Seo Young-Deok graduated in 2008 from the University of Seoul's environmental sculpture department, and his works are about hyper-realistic, life-size sculptures of human figures composed by chains taken from industrial machinery and bicycles.

Through his work he differently proposes the use of iron chain, an element which has played a central role in the development of the industrial world, Seo explores the relationship between humans and their living in contemporary age, with a style that unifies a classic formal language with the psychology and urban material. He has been inspired by stark contrast between his rural upbringing in Korea and the urban lifestyle he later experienced as an adult.

Seo Young-Deok is primarily concerned with the human body, and, through his pieces, elaborates narratives based on the substantial understanding of formation. Rather than presented outright, these human and life stories are inferred through the molded poses and expressions of his figures. To Seo Young-Deok, humans are the essential elements and main motif in his work, regardless of the sculpture and its story.

Sculptures by Seo Young-Deok are male and female subjects in a number of poses and postures, as sculpted heads to busts, torsos, and standing figures, reflecting his driving interest in the form of the human body. These bodies are nude, so is easily to see how well modeled scultpures are in their curves. They seem carved or modelled from a malleable material, but his sculptures are made by welding individual pieces of iron together, and Young-Deok Seo work is pretty traditional following the processes of drawing, modeling, casting, and welding to create his pieces, and completes all the finishing touches personally.

He collaborates with Liquid art system since 2014.