Born out of a fascination with the human body and its form, Korean artist Seo Young Deok creates human figures out of a very unusual material: chains. His male and female figures are meticulously created out of upcycled conventional chain and bicycle chain, welded together to stiffen its joints into a shell that reveals surprisingly detailed figures. Appropriate to the somber mood of the pieces, the series is called ‘Dystopia’ and recently ran as a solo exhibition at the INSA/Arko Art Center in Seoul, Korea, where his figures took up residence sprawled on the floor and hanging off the walls.
The attention to detail in each of Deok’s creations is quite astounding: you’ll find the links to each piece of chain perfectly placed to form the creased, muscled shapes of the figures. As you can see in the picture below, the scale of many of his figures, busts and heads is also captivating, some being near life-size and others commanding significant floor space. For more large images of Deok’s excellent work, head to his personal gallery at blog.naver.com.