Art-merge | LAB launches its first pop-up gallery with the stunning photographic works of Korean contemporary artist Yeonju Sung. “Earthly Paradise: Displaced Realities” will present 15 of Sung’s large-scaled photographs of radically transformed vegetables and fruit at the Pacific Design Center (PDC), Los Angeles, from May 17 to July 13, 2012.
Sung deconstructs and reconstructs plants in startling ways, sometimes separating skin from flesh, or cutting them into strips, and interweaving them. In her hands such ordinary things as red cabbage, leeks, mushrooms, and bananas take on a whole new identity, and she creates a studio portrait of the results. “At first glance they may appear to be a high-fashion cocktail dress or bodice, something Lady Gaga would wear to her next soiree,” says art critic Scarlet Cheng. “Then we recognize the object for what it is – and have an experience of the uncanny.”
This is Sung’s first solo show in Los Angeles.
Courtesy Design Loves Art at the Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA