Seo Young Deok's unbelievable nude sculptures capture the essence of the human condition so deeply that it's difficult to fathom that they're made from something as mundane as bike chains. Created from masses of upcycled plain and bicycle chains, these powerful renditions of angst-ridden faces and bodies were collected in a solo exhibition called "Dystopia" at the INSA/Arko Art Center that took place in Seoul this past October. Major kudos to Yatzer for spotting this young Korean artist's work, which has definitely stirred the depth of this writer's soul.
Deok is particularly interested to portray the modern human’s plight in the context of industrialization. His larger-than-life nude sculptures, painstakingly welded out of used chains, portray sometimes broken, often people, using a material that exemplifies our mechanized world. Taking inspiration from the British artist Anthony Gormley, Deok has personified our struggles in the most beautiful way we have ever seen. Please go to his website, where you will find dozens of images of this exhaustive body of upcycled work.