These wire mesh portraits by Korean sculptor Seung Mo Park are technically incredible, hard on the hands, tedious to make, meticulous. The work, which is almost sculptural, is made by cutting layer after layer of wire mesh. Each portrait begins with a photograph which is superimposed over layers of wire with a projector. Then he cuts away areas of mesh to reveal the image.
These portraits from his series ‘Maya’ are several inches thick which gives the work a certain depth and dimensionality something that is hard to convey in a photograph although if you watch the video you’ll get some sense of it.
Maya is the third phase in a trajectory of Park’s conceptual works dealing with reality, illusion, and existence. Barely possessing materiality of sculpture, or the ideas within them, the idea and conceptualization of MAYA is far from tangible substances.
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