South Korean art: Collision of modernism and traditionalism

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Kim Yunkyung’s sculpture “We are not two…” made of bronze and stainless steel combines the traditional Korean culture with modern Western culture. Using the analogy of clothes, the sculpture represents the traditional Korean jacket and the contemporary Western suit rotating around each other. While the elements are vastly different, they are still harmoniously revolving to co-exist and unify the cultural influences as well as the Koreans bodies and minds.
picture1The stainless steel sculpture “Moving Flow” (Breathing House) resembles a tornado. It predicts an upcoming, enormous change brought on by the collision of modernism and traditionalism. The repetitive shapes on the sculpture signify the social identities whereas the entire piece represents a journey towards freedom and a better future.yunkyung-kim

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