Artist Seungmo Park has a longstanding interest of representing the reality and visual perception by creating a convincing illusion of his subjects. His work demonstrates his pioneering achievements working with stainless steel and exploring the human figure. In Park’s earlier works, the artist has worked with life- cast and models drawing upon the tradition of classical and archaic sculptures with highly realistic renderings of body and form. Advancing this practice, his newer works demonstrate a poetic expansion of the artist’s persistent philosophical inquiries on man, verisimilitude of his figures, and his effort to strip them to the bare essentials. The resulting figures are inflated, twisted, and devoid of life along with being surprisingly real, witty and complex. Park’s works succeed in creating an entirely different representation of human figures as a disparate space where we simply inhabit.
Consistent throughout his works is the artist’s idea of constructing a space or scene that transcends its existence. His photorealistic work, seemingly computer- generated, are painstakingly hand-crafted by cutting layers of wire mesh. Prompting viewers to interact with works of art and their immediate surroundings, the artist enacts a way of seeing beyond what is real and visible.
Born in South Korea, Seungmo Park received his BFA at Dong-A University in Pusan, Korea in 1998. Park’s work have been collected and exhibited by numerous institutions world-wide including his solo exhibition at The Dennos Museum Center (2014, Traverse City, MI), Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, (2015. Kalamazoo, MI) Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum (2014, University Center, MI) and group exhibitions at Saatchi Gallery (2009, London, England), the Museum of Arts and Design (2011, New York, NY), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (2014, Taipei, Taiwan), Gwangju Museum of Art, (2012, Gwangju, Korea) the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art (2012, Ansan, Korea), Fairmont Bar Al Bahr (2012, Abu Dhabi, UAE), Pohang Art Center (2011, Pohang, Korea), Hangaram Art Museum, (Seoul, Korea), Insa Art Center (2010, Seoul, Korea), Ansan Arts Center (2009, Ansan, Korea) and Albemarle Gallery (2008, London, England).