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Korean artist Koh Hon picks a very rare medium for his works. That is, aluminum. ● Giving life to the icy metal. artist Koh Hon successfully transfers the surface of the aluminum into a lively depiction of his imaginative world. He reinterprets the mortality and limitedness of the humans, creating the upside-down city landscape, as people and buildings are floating in the sky. ● His works express moment and eternity, classics and modern times, nature and art, time and space crossing each other. These are the characteristic of his 'Aluminum painting'.
Today the mortality of humans is often confronted in hospital beds, surrounded by medical equipments. That's also where we experience the coldness and lifelessness of metal. If doesn't have life yet it doesn't go away either. The artist saw the contrast between mortality and immortality there; it was when he started his experiment with aluminum, expressing his inner revenge. He somehow wanted to scratch and hurt the surface of this shamelessly flashy metal. While trying to give out the sadness within, Koh Hon came to a realization, that he is bringing life to the silent, uninteresting metal. He is astonished with this transformation. On and on, he begins to enjoy the process of this metal carving.
Koh Hon skillfully uses both surgical drills and industrial machines for carving. The craftsmanship is explicit with fine details; it is strong yet delicate. ● Under the spotlights. his works in aluminum gain warmth. The subject matter becomes alive as much as your eyes are. Reflection of lights and shadows are surely main players, giving the paintings a special way of appreciation. ■ Karen WU
Vol.20110925j | 고헌展 / KOHHON / 高憲 / painting.mixed media