Nepal – House
Signed in Korean, signed and dated 2005 on the reverse
C-print nailed to c-print on dibond, 117.4 x 178.3 cm
Acquired directly from the artist
Gallery Touchart, Hong Sungdo. Tourist, Touchart inc., Paju-Si, 2007, p. 96 (ill.)
The artist Hong Sung-do initially only produced sculptures, for which he was trained at the Hong-ik university of Seoul. His dissatisfaction with the traditional boundaries of sculpture led him on a search for a more dynamic line of approach. The works offered here are part of the Tourist series, in which photographs of his travels to China, Nepal, but also Europe served as a source of inspiration. The fragmentary aspect of photography enabled him to capture the dynamics around lifeless objects. Hong photographed the same frame at two separate moments: the first photograph served as a base for his work, from the second photograph he cut out the parts with differences and modelled those in the first photograph. Hong Sung-do is able to enrich the medium of photography with a sculptural dimension. The artist transforms the viewer into something more than the passive reader of a recorded image, the artist lets the viewer rediscover the photograph anew.