Seo Young Deok of Korea has a profound apprehension; he fears for the well-being of generation next. Using his unique and distinctive style he addresses them in ‘Dystopia’- a collection of sculptures.
Art is often referred to as a product or process of deliberately arranging items with symbolic significance in a way that it influences one or more of your senses.
Seo Young Deok an artist from Seoul, South Korea and a part of the Department of Environmental Sculpture there, tries to put a face on the anxieties of the modern human being – especially the younger generation. With his work he brings to the fore a strong sociological meaning that references the fragmented world we live in – a world which is strife with huge problems and self made pitfalls.
Why the name Dystopia?
Dystopia means a gloomy future, a society characterised by human misery. With the help of my art I have tried to deal with the pain and solitude of humans. I present a look into our future, which seems to be full of infection and addiction and requiring an enduring all by ourselves. I have tried to involve humans struggling with Dystopia in this part of my body of work.
Why have you used welded metal chain links in your sculptures?
I prefer to use an object which can be connected to each other. In that sense, chains when connected cannot be used if any one part of them is broken. I see our life as if in chains. There is a commonality here. Have you seen rusty chains? It is similar to an infection in the body, spreading speedily to all other parts just like rust.
What made you choose the human form?
A human form, as always, makes us think about ourselves. I wanted to engage people with my work and then initiate a thinking process within them.
Why is the form broken and fragmented?
Because the subject of my work talks about human maladies such as infection and addiction. I have crafted my sculptures to look torn, broken, festered and not normal. My works are static yet beautiful. This is a paradox seen in humans as well….they are unaware of their infections and continue to look good on the outside whilst containing several infections on the inside.