Usually this works the other way around: people take photographs of sculptures as a way to capture an image of a whole. Gwon Osang has inverted that artistic convention, however, by sculpting figures piecemeal from fragmented photographs.
There is a playfulness and inherent imperfection to the way these are assembled as well, defying the tradition of finely finished and perfectly crafted sculpture.
Despite critical insistence that his work is something new, a kind of “three-dimensional photography,” the artist insists it is merely another form of sculpture.
Regardless of what people call it, however, this artist has continued to experiment with works that blur the boundary between sculpture and photograph, insisting that there are many parallels between these historically disparate art forms.