I often wonder how my present day self would be received in the 1940’s. iPhone in hand, jeans ripped at the knee, clear acrylic glasses, the Cold War well behind me. My Nikon camera that photographs without film. Knowing all I know about how interconnected everything will be. How many photographers will arise when you no longer need to know the mechanics of film, cameras and darkrooms to call yourself an artist. We have come a long way, on an unimaginable path.
The artwork of Korean artist Gwon Osang is a unique blend of photography and sculpture. He begins by extensively photographing his subjects, then attaching the photographs to plaster sculptures and molds. The result is a strange mix of two and thee dimensions. Also, while the sculptures may point to classical bronze and marble statues, the photos and poses are much more reminiscent of fashion photography. Thus, the sculptures seem simultaneously heavy and light in physical weight as well as seriousness. They’re especially fitting for a time marked by the abundance of images and hyper-documentation.
Sometimes I look at the earth as if I were an alien being from a completely dissimilar planet, a space traveler discovering the beautifully bizarre terrestrial possibilities built by math, science and carbon.