Saturday, 1 March 2014

Tinned Conscience



I came across Korean artist, Dongwook Lee's figures in Hi Fructose, a quarterly print magazine in which, in their words, they 'focuse squarely on the art which transcends genre and trend, ...'

At first, I found the little figures neatly laid out in the sardine tin, original, clever design-wise and rather intriguing, but with further reflection, they are not only quite disturbing, but sinister - As a lot of his other work is similarly themed, this may have been his intention.




                     Extinction

They seem to reflect the human condition and our treatment of others, particularly the other inhabitants of this fair planet: creatures of the land, sea and sky and our use and abuse of them. 

If you ask yourself, what if the roles were reversed and we were no longer at the top of the fold chain, but hunted down and preserved similarly in a tin? Does it then become more shocking? If so, why then do we find it acceptable for sardines?  To me, these little figures become more disturbing when and the more we can relate to them. What do you think?

And finally, with the jolly 'Green Giant' immersed in what looks like a putrid liquid used for preserving corn nibbets - I may never eat canned corn again!




                     Green Giant

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