Characters running, cycling and jumping; stuck in one moment. The Korean artist Duck Bong Kang is freezing time with his stacked PVC pipes sculptures. It’s his way at looking at speed and condemning the need for human kind to strive for it.
‘My work begins by attempting to capture this absurd desire that we have for speed.’
Duck Bong Kang and his futuristic vision. A multitude of PVC pipes grouped together and spray painted with urethane paint. A cluster of plastic enhanced with gradient color tones. The uneven pile of pipes and the gradient add to the speed effect the artist is trying to capture. The lines are blurred and the details cannot be perceived. The rendering creates an optical illusion that attracts the viewer’s curiosity. Where is this character’s headed?
The artist’s purpose is to pause the motion and to connect with the viewer. He is questioning through his sculptures the necessity of speed. And if the race between each other doesn’t end up by making us feel insecure. ‘More’ seems to be the enemy according to Duck Bong Kang. Once we’re settled at our current pace, whichever that may be, we are always looking to speed up and that’s a dangerous quest. Both physically and emotionally.
While speeding, our soul is not enjoying the flow of our lives. It focuses on getting power and it degrades its moral values. The artist is asking for an inner introspection on whether living an accelerated life is a risk worth taking.