Manchester Art Gallery

Gwon Osang and Choe U-ram: Asia Triennial Manchester 08

Sculptures by contemporary Korean artists Gwon Osang and Choe U-ram as part of Asia Triennial Manchester 08.

Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 5 April 2008–Sunday 21 September 2008


Gwon Osang makes extraordinary life-size sculptures of people. He uses hundreds of photographic images to build up the surface appearance of his models, including the face, their hair and their clothes. The process gives his beautifully crafted figures both photo-realist and surreal qualities.

Following a recent Manchester residency, Gwon created a new work specially commissioned for ATM08. His Manchester-inspired sculpture was of the musician Graham Massey – best known as a member of Manchester’s electronic pioneers 808 State. This work was displayed from 5 April together with another of Gwon’s existing works, Control.

From 21 June – 21 September, Manchester Art Gallery also presented Gwon’s first major UK solo exhibition. This exhibition provided the chance to see further new sculptures by Gwon.

Choe U-ram combines the latest precision engineering technologies with art to create robotic sculptures with echoes of organic forms. He uses cut and polished metals, machinery and electronics to create kinetic sculptures inspired by sea creatures and plant life. In a UK first for the artist, Choe U-ram exhibited two enormous robotic works, Urbanus Female and Urbanus Male, in the gallery’s atrium.

Gwon Osang and Choe U-Ram on flickr

Visit our flickr pages to see photographs of Gwon Osang photographing his models and Choe U-ram’s preparatory drawings for Urbanus Female and Urbanus Male.

Asia Triennial 08

Asia Triennial Manchester is a festival of visual culture and the UK’s first Asian art triennial. Venues across the city showcase fresh and innovative work that represents the best of contemporary visual art from across Asia.

The 08 festival was conceived by Shisha, the UK’s premier international agency for contemporary South Asian crafts and visual arts, in partnership with Castlefield Gallery, Chinese Arts Centre, Cornerhouse, The International 3, Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Metropolitan University (through MIRIAD and the Faculty of Art & Design).