Easily some of the most intriguing works we witnessed at last week's Scope Art Fair in Miami were the undulating sculptures made out of ordinary plastic drinking straws. Patrajadas Contemporary in Philadelphia, which represents Korean artist SangSik Hong, showed off three of his amazing pieces. Equally impressive are his large scale installations that seem to shockingly pop out of walls.
As Patrajadas Contemporary states, "SangSik Hong’s fresh sculptures go beyond the limit of the materials; the images of lips may be interpreted as symbols of desire. Connecting such symbolized images and symbolic meanings (power and sex) reveals clearly that his interest is focused on human desires.
“Although every one desires power, only a few of people can have it. Power is the symbol of strength and the object for one’s wish since it accompanies many interests. Power is strong, scarce and heading toward eternity. However, the straw, contrary to the properties of power, is a weak structure, easily available to anyone for it is produced on a large scale and a disposable material."