Kyung Woo Han and his life-size optical illusion
Kyung Woo Han is a multidisciplinary artist who employs sculpture, installation and multi-channel video to make highly sophisticated works which master optical illusion and create a sense of wonder and bewilderment in the viewer.
He says: “All the facts are relevant. People see what they want to see. One fact can be interpreted in several ways depend on our perceptions. In the opposite, two different facts can be looked the same. My work deals with perception and illusions. Everything we see or what we know is not absolute. I suggest various ways to perceive things with slightly different perspectives.”
Kyung Woo Han was born in Seoul, Korea. He attended Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2010. He has an MFA in Film, Video and New Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and graduated from Seoul National University with a BFA in sculpture. He won a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and NYFA fellowship in 2010, he was chosen for Smack Mellon Hot Picks and the artist residency program at Yaddo in 2009, and he was selected as an AIM artist at the Bronx Museum in 2008, a Swing space artist at LMCC, moreover he was an AHL foundation visual arts winner in 2007, and he receiver a grant from Asian Cultural Council Rockefeller Brothers Fund in 2006.
The Korean artist constructed a room that seems half-flooded with water, a 3D optical illusion called Green House. Made up of distorted, symmetrical furniture of his own construction, suspended using wire, this installation will make you look twice, and then probably about 20 more times after that. It’s a striking effect and even more considering how Han used only a few materials. He described his work to me in a single sentence: “People see what they want to see.” And I believe him, but I can’t stop seeing the water although I know those chairs doesn’t really float.