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Born in Seoul, Korea in 1981, Seung Yul Oh moved to New Zealand to complete an MFA at Auckland University's Elam School of Fine Arts.
He now divides his time between Auckland and Seoul.
Gordon Walters (1919-1995) is best known for his paintings employing the koru, the curving bulb form from Maori moko and kowhaiwhai rafter patterns.Previous installations have used air to manipulate and redefine space, including enormous bubbles that jostled for position on Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’s outdoor terrace, and a forest of towering yellow and white pellet-shaped inflatables that audiences pushed their way through.There’s also the exaggerated and hyperreal sculptures of Korean noodle dishes and cute animal forms rendered in gleamingly reflective fibreglass.Now, Oh has turned the exploration of physical mass and empty space inwards, the new series creating what the artist calls “territorial boundaries of limited sections of space claimed by the frame.”Although the compositions are wall based and focus attention on extremities and internal voids, Oh isn’t finished with manipulating the audience’s movement through space.Unlike traditional painting which beckons the viewer to approach directly and view the work square on, these compositions lure the viewer to the work’s side profile.