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Seung Yul Oh is a Korean artist based in Auckland who creates inflatable and multi-coloured PVC sculptures. Air is a key element in Seung Yul Oh’s works as it fully expands the forms of his works, creating faux mass and space. The artist's works contain breath, making them tangible while also vulnerable, as the breath’s containment within his works seems precarious. The works have a temporal presence: they are formed and deformed by exhaling, by breathing out, and illustrate a crystal breath that can inhabit architecture. Seung Yul Oh’s series of PVC inflatables tends to be recontextualised every time it is installed in a different place, as the structures change their mass and form in response to the character and dimensions of the architectural spaces they encounter. So, rather than being remade and reinstalled, the objects themselves reform in response to the limit of breath in a room.

Architects | Seung Yul Oh, Seoul, Korea

Location | Te Uru Contemporary Art Gallery, Auckland, Australia

Technical Information | Inflatable PVC

Picture credits | Sam Hartnett