Korean sculptor Xooang Choi’s surreal and hyperrealistic figurative sculptures portray the bleak reality of human relations and contemporary psychology through uncanny and sometimes grotesque features that pull in and engulf the viewer. Sometimes compared to Ron Mueck for his similar style of sculpture, Choi confronts his audience by creating sculptures that mimic reality through intricate detail to shape, facial expressions, and tone of skin. However, the artist’s work takes a twist as he mashes heads together and sculpts colorful plumes in the place of a subject’s hair. A catalogue from one of his exhibitions breaks down his work as follows: “His sculptures that reveal mental maladies of contemporary people – lost; deficient; paranoid; and deprived of free will – and violence hidden beneath the rationality of society also explore ontological questions about human existence and identity.” Even though Choi displays such twisted themes, he believes that change for the better will come. His work stands simply as a documentation of current times. Explore his work below!
For more information, read Yatzer’s interview with Xooang Choi here!