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Yi Hwan-Kwon's sculptures: Flat but never dull

  • Carla Bianpoen

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 18 2008   /  10:49 am

The two-dimensional appearance of Korean artist Yi Hwan-Kwon's figurative sculptures, which are now on show at Edwin's gallery, can be unnerving. The sculptures appear flattened and stripped of "flesh", yet their facial expressions are realistic. Moreover, although the shapes are flattened and elongated, they look surprisingly intimate and personal. The works in this exhibition recall the work of Giovanni Alberto Giacometti, who also played with form and the relativity of space. But Yi's sculptures represent life and the living spirit, unlike Giacometti's emaciated figures, which have often been equated with the mood of post-World War II Europe. Yi draws inspiration from daily life: waiting at the bus stop, watching TV, working at a desk. His figures are flattened from the side, which makes for the elongation, or from above, which reverses the impa...