Artist captures animals in minimalist metal sculptures
Seoul-based artist Lee Sangsoo proves that you don’t have to be a realist to create stunning works of art. Instead, he masterfully bends, twists, and coils strips of spray-painted metal to capture the essence of different kinds of animals in minimalist and abstract sculptures.
While Sangsoo’s style may be simple, her portfolio proves the extent of her potential. With just a few pieces of metal, he creates stretching Siamese cats, flamingos and perched macaws, to name a few. The bewitching movement of the coiled medium is both effective in communicating the shape of the animal and fascinating to watch.
“The painting is in an imaginary space, but the sculpture is real,” Sangsoo explains to My Modern Met. “You can see, you can touch, and you can smell the air. He exists as human beings exist. Since we live in a three-dimensional space, it is attractive to make three-dimensional art. These sober shapes are not only elegant in their simplicity but also extremely playful. Each seems to embody the personality of the animal, as well as its form.
You can see some of Lee’s art in person at Kiaf SEOUL and keep up to date with his latest sculptures by following the artist on Instagram.
Korean artist Lee Sangsoo creates surprisingly minimalist metal sculptures that capture the basic shapes of different animals.
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