Hybrid objects combining sculpture and photography, these are characteristic of works by Korean artist Osang Gwon initiated in 1999 with the Deodorant Type series currently exhibited at JOYCE Gallery.
Osang Gwon has made it his quest to demolish the line that divides the medium of sculpture from that of photography. He accumulates photographs to build sculptural forms and he sets up sculptural forms to compose photographs from a life size structure in polystyrene.
Gwon relishes in the ambiguity that confuses the viewer—is his work two dimensional or three dimensional? Or simultaneously both? Feeding this creative method is the artist’s fascination with modern marketing, glossy appearances, and consumer culture, where he derives themes and extracts motifs as subject matter for his works.
Through the use of photomontage, Deodorant Type evokes the work of David Hockney to which Osang Gwon adds the notion of volume.