Korean artist Lee Sangsoo forges colorful and spiraled animal sculptures. Defined as ‘drawings in the air’ – his collection of animals includes cats, flamingoes, poodles, parrots, and other interesting creatures! His minimal sculptures are built from resin or stainless steel – depending upon the size of the piece. If the piece spans more than one meter, Sangsoo uses stainless steel to create it. Each angled side is delicately coated with soft gradients or a subtle and complementary palette. The three dimensional and towering sculptures have been inspired by Picasso’s little abstract animal drawings. What a wonderful contrast, no? Sangsoo even goes on to say, “Lines, planes, and colors are important elements that work in my work. The lines drawn in the two-dimensional sketchbook determine the large flow and form of the work, and it becomes three-dimensional in the three-dimensional space. The square lines are shown in various shapes and colors according to the flow and twist, and you can feel the dynamism in the still work. Also, depending on the flow, the thickness of the lines may be rhythmically thickened or thinned.”
Designer: Lee Sangsoo
My love for cats is no suprise! And this playful and agile cat has my heart. The sculpture strikes a pose in his most flexbile position, almost crouching on the floor. I wonder if the kitty is getting ready to play or hunt! The colors of the cat range from a light nude to shades of dark brown.
This colorful parrot rests peacefully on its bird stand. The sharp detailing of its body and wings, and its intricately carved beak make it look almost life-like! Green, red, blue, and yellow accents highlight the beautiful parrot.
The body of this swan is a spiral of hues of blues, teals, and violets! I can completely imagine the exquisite swan lounging peacefully on a lake. Sangsoo’s love and appreciation for animals are artfully reflected in his sculptures.
Two baby pink flamingoes in love! The tall and imposing flamingoes seem to be the complete opposite of Picasso’s abstract animal drawings, but at the same time, a sheer simplicity and elegant beauty are seen in between both.
This multicolored reindeer instantly puts me in a Christmassy mood! Although Christmas is a while away. Slender limbs, an intertwined and spiraling body, and well-crafted horns make this sculpture unique and precise.
Since Sangsoo has covered most of the animals, he had to add a doggo or two to the mix! Sangsoo chose to create a spiraling poodle who somehow manages to look fluffy as well. The color palette almost reminds me of different colored candy floss!
This clucking hen looks ready to fly away, only if it could. Sangsoo chose the colors of sunset for this sculpture, and something about it gives me a warm and rustic feeling, almost as if I were about to enter a farm.