Beware of Sharp Objects: Seung Yul Oh’s Inflatable Installation

Every single object is your baby and you work until it is alive to you and it speaks to you.” —Seung Yul Oh

Imagine an inflatable sculpture that packs flat and yet, with a leaf blower and a few minutes, can transform a room into a whimsical wonderland. Maintaining his reputation for playful unconvention, Auckland-based artist Seung Yul Oh does exactly this, breathing life to rooms by filling them with oversized, vibrant balloons that take on the shape of the interior. But beware of sharp objects: as balloons are ephemeral by nature, Oh’s ongoing video project, at right, gives a comical reminder of their often-startling demise.

On view at ONE AND J. Gallery, Art Basel Hong Kong - Encounters, Booth E8, May 23rd – 26th. Additional images courtesy of ONE AND J. Gallery.

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