Korean artist Sang Sik Hong recently unveiled a stunning series of large-scale art installations gracefully constructed from thousands of standard drinking straws. Showcased at the Scope Art Fair in Miami, Hong's work comments on human desire, power, and sex - and the installations only reveal what they're made of if you look closely. Click through the images to discover how this Mokwon University graduate transforms cheap, flimsy straws into captivating artworks that portray human desires.
Sang Sik Hong works magic with drinking straws and irony, creating eye-popping sexy art. Employing thousands of standard plastic straws he managed to create great impact by de-contextualizing the flimsy plastic tubes into fantastic 3D installations. Taking the material to the limit, the Korean artist ironically uses the straws to create a contrasting strength of power and desire.
Featuring human body parts like full lips, eyes, faces and hands in soft pinks and yellows, the making of the installations must have taken thousands of straws and also, thousands of hours. The use of mass-produced objects is a great way to save time, money and resources for art or design pieces and make a good impact, although sometimes the objects are not ethically made.
Sang Sik Hong is represented by Patrajdas, a Philadelphia-based Contemporary Art Gallery.