seok ho kang has constantly worked on paintings featuring human bodies. The main subject matter of his early works is a human body wearing clothes. In his early works, the human body appears like a torso devoid of a head, arms, and legs. In these works, he effectively removes the hallmarks of a human body by illustrating the surface of a garment that covers it rather than directly depicting the body itself. In this way he unveils the beauty of form and color as well as texture. In addition, he has continued to work on portraying the human body in his series of paintings featuring a variety of images such as a man and woman, front and back profiles, a body wearing underwear, and a naked body. Some paintings feature the characteristic poses of celebrities without revealing their faces. These works showcase the uncanny aspects of his subject matter from his microscopic perspective toward the body, underscoring specific parts of the body without exposing the whole. While all of his works focus on the human body as the most important subject, his statements and writings pertaining to his works and exhibitions clarify that any narrative on the body or the body as his subject matter is not very important. Such an element just works as a trigger for initiating his work. He instead seems to focus on seeking the beauty of form and exploring his own distinctive art and life.
seok ho kang graduated from Seoul National University majoring in Sculpture and has studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf during 2000-2001.
Image courtesy of the artist / Text courtesy of PERIGEE Gallery, Seoul