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January/February 2018
Vol. 37 No. 1

A publication of the
International Sculpture Center
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Chung Seoyoung: Unexpected Moments of Sculpture
by Bansie Vasvani
Corner Stone, 2011. What to make of large scrap-like pieces of metal strategically placed on the floor? Or a tabletop with a chunk cut out of the corner? These questions come to mind as one searches for appropriate tools to assess Chung Seoyoung's sculpture and multi - media work. Appropriately enough, such works emphasize the arbitrary and rootless nature of things. Chung also uses elements of the absurd to invest material objects with a sense of ambiguity. Sculptures like Curb (2013) and Corner Stone (2011)--both featured in "Ability vs. Invisibility," Chung's first solo show in New York, at the Tina Kim Gallery--attempt to recalibrate our idea of aesthetics and of what sculpture can be. The cast aluminum Curb reproduces an ordinary slice of daily experience, singling out for attention a prosaic piece of functionality that would normally go unnoticed (except in moments of failure), while Corner Stone, a rough, shapeless blob of cement, playfully fills the gap left by right-angled, architectural order....see the entire article in the print version of January/February's Sculpture magazine.

Corner Stone, 2011. Cement, 45 x 45 x 88 cm.

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