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Known for his unearthly but highly intricate human figures, South Korean artist Choi Xooang has been sculpting for the last 10 years. Following his most recent exhibition, The Blind for the Blind at the Galerie Albert Benamou in Paris, Choi Xooang : Distorted and haunting, and certainly not for the squeamish, above everything else, Choi Xooang’s work reveals his deep concern for the human condition in society – and how he feels that something needs to change. Although the viewer is both repulsed and fascinated by the gut-wrenching hyperrealist sculptures of human bodies, Xooang’s mastery of the art and eye for detail right down to the smallest vein, is remarkable and reminds of the intricate work of Ron Mueck. As well as being hyperrealist, Xooang’s work is also surrealist and is charged with existential questions. His freakish figurative sculptures are mutilated or abbreviated. Merging unexpectedly, flesh is sewn together with ribbons, heads are plunged together to make one, a head is replaced with that of a hound or an ostrich and fists are plunged into backs of heads Ultimately, people are silenced and held captive by their condition.
Raw and cold, the works portray a bleak reality of the multiple facets of human relations and contemporary psychology. ”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,” reads the exhibition catalogue. However, despite the horror displayed in his work, the artist isn’t a pessimist, ”There will be a solution,” as he tells us.