I always admire a good, simple idea that is executed meticulously.
So, I was delighted when I saw the work of Gwon Osang.
Osang is a photographer and sculptor who shoots every possible view of his model close up and then applies the photos to a styrofoam sculpture. It’s hard to imagine being able to find such patience. It takes hours.
But then I am reminded of how a good session can transport me into a creative zen. That, and watching my skill evolve, is what keeps me shooting.
It can sometimes be like an addiction. Ask my husband about the time I overdrafted our account to get a roll of Holga film from Ritz Camera…
Osang’s dedication produces a patchwork of color and pattern that forms a photo mosaic of the original person. Seeing them as I did, on internet thumbnails, I was instantly interested by what looked like a woman, on all fours, composed of fat pixel chunks. So, it worked on that level.
I was way more impressed to find out that I was looking at a 3-dimensional rendering constructed from pieced together photos.
I bet it’s even more fun to view in person.
I like Osang’s playfulness.
Osang’s work is evocative of Chuck Close’s photorealistic portraits, although he uses photographs exclusively (no paint or print). It brings frolic to the form…,like a fresh, funky, high-art decoupage.
Interview with the artist… http://flavorwire.com/42414/the-mediated-world-of-osang-gwon
Nice piece from Aesthetica magazine…http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/gfx/23GwonOsang.pdf