Seon Ghi Bahk's newest installation uses "ghosts of trees" to represent man-made structures.
Fiction Of The Fabricated Image is an apt title for artist Seon Ghi Bahk's newest exhibition at Zadok Gallery in Miami. The installation continues the South Korean artist's practice of forming the shapes of furniture and architectural structures, using hanging pieces of charcoal—sooty ash arranged into chairs, picture frames, and now massive columns.
From a distance, the artwork in Fiction Of The Fabricated Image could trick the eye into seeing physical forms, yet the closer the viewer gets, the more abstract and fragmented the structures become. This is sculpture work that could hint at Plato's Theory Of Forms, the idea that the perfect chair only exists in our imagined concept of a chair.
According to a press release, Ghi Bahk's work investigates the relationship between nature and civilized culture by using the "ghost of trees" as his source material. In the past, he represented man-made items like wooden furniture and wooden picture frames using the skeletons, so to speak, of the organic world. Now, his new exhibition ups the ante by using said oaken bones to create grander human designs of Roman lore. It could be only a matter of time until he starts configuring the outline of the Colosseum or even skyscrapers with innumerable nylon strings and dangling pieces of firewood.
Fiction Of The Fabricated Image is open to the public through August 25th at Zadok Gallery. See some images of the magnificent installation below:
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