by Red Cell
The work of Korean artist and performer HYUNGKOO LEE, fascinates me. I believe that augmentation and transformation without the need of destruction in order to manifest itself, is a far less realized utilization of ingenuity in the current art world than deconstruction is. Re-imagining what already exists and using perspective to shape reality instead of changing the reality itself is something that intrigues me. Lee’s work exists in the same world that Stelarc’s robotic extensions, Matthew Barney‘s transformative sculptures, or even Paddy Hartley’s “face corsets” exist in. Below you can see Lee’s helmets, which are fitted “with interchangeable concave and convex lenses which shrink, expand and distort his features while allowing him to perform any normal daily activities,” as well as his Right Hand with Gauntlet, which gives the illusion of a swollen arm and hand, engorged with only god knows what.
Lee is also responsible for the 3D skeleton sculptures of famous cartoon characters manifesting themselves in the real world. Check out these sculpture works here. Read about them and more about Lee and his works here.