This project was inspired by a short advertisement about a documentary on the work of a retired NBA player Yao Ming who is trying to protect the elephants and rhinos in Africa. The documentary showed the illegal hunting of these animals which was horrible and showed how cruel human beings can be just for money. A rhino's horn can cost approximately $45,000 per pound and ivory costs approximately $1,000 per pound. The rhino horn is used as a medicine like a natural "Viagra", especially a northern white rhino, of which there are only 5 left in the world. In the documentary the baby elephant looks small and weak compared to Yao Ming who is 8 feet tall. These animals are physically bigger and stronger than human beings, however they still need to be protected.
My work is based on my memories and experiences recreating them with a positive perspective. In my opinion, we should be more optimistic. Life is beautiful, not miserable. Thus, I want to create fun and interesting sculptures that people can relate to and that hopefully help them appreciate their past.
So, I created a steel rhino with wooden horns and, painted it hot pink. The rhino is considered and icon of power and strength, but It is an animal that needs to be protected. It should not be used as a medicine. The hot pink color gets people's attention very easily and says "I'm little and cute!" which is a stark contrast to the real animal. In my opinion, human beings are able to hunt these animal, so we should feel likes these animal are small and little, even these are physically bigger and stronger than human beings.
"We are NOT MONEY" Series No.03
Mild steel sheet - Body, Hard maple plywood - Backboard,
Bass wood - Ivory, Paint
W30" X H30" X D17"
"We are NOT MONEY." Series No.02
Mild steel sheet - Body, Hard maple plywood - Backboard, Bass wood - Horn, Paint.
W12" X H19" X D14
WHITE DEER, 2014
Mild steel, Real antler, Wheels, Paint
48" x 40" x 18"
PIXEL DEER, 2013
Mild steel, Real antler, Plywood, Paint
42" x 22" x 25"
The pixel deer is my first hunting prize. When I was a kid, around 10 years old, I was shy, quiet, and a skinny little boy. During that time, I normally stayed at home, and did not do many outside activities. My grandfather and uncle always wanted me to be more active. One cold winter day, we went on a hunting trip. I did not want to go, I just wanted to stay at home and play video games. We went to a hut in the forest, and stayed overnight. It was very cold, not fun. We did not catch anything. It is one of my unhappy memories.
I created my own first hunting trip prize, made out of mild steel, in 8 bit retro video game style with real antlers. In this way I can celebrate an unhappy hunting trip in a positive way.
This is my self-portrait. It is made out of colored cotton, toothpicks, and wood based featuring a geometric perspective. First, I took a picture of my face exactly at an eye level front view. I studied my face's ratio from the top of the head to the chin, the widest point of my face and how my facial features are all connected, such as where my eyes are located in relation to my nose. My face is a 3:4 ratio, the musical "Major Fourth.” I used four different grids: Fractional parts, Golden Section, The Three Master Squares, and the D.R.O.C,(Diagonal Reciprocal Occult Center) system.
Each color of thread represents one of the four geometric grids; light blue means fractional parts, light green means the D.R.O.C system, orange means the golden section, and yellowish green means three master squares. I defined all of my facial features and combined all the grids to create the main design. Each cross point follows the depth or height of my face. The image of my face, a two dimensional design, becomes a three dimensional sculpture.
I made the mouth and nose very clear, but I did not make the eyes clear. The viewer can see the eyes from a certain distance, and then all the facial features. I did not put a finishing coat on the wood base. This is to allow the surface to naturally change with time and exposure to the sun, similar to how my own face might tan.
Infinity Box. Square & Circle
Infinity Box. Square & Circle. 2015
W28" X H28" X D24"
(With Pedestal W28" X H76" X D24")
Maple Plywood, Ceramic, Acrylic Mirror, LED Light.